Liverpool have accepted an offer from Leicester City for the services of Danny Ward, according to multiple sources. The reports vary between £10million and £12million.
Following the latest blunder by Loris Karius in the pre-season friendly against Tranmere Rovers las week, it had been announced that Ward would be given a shot at being Liverpool’s No.1 this season; it was even announced that he would play 90 minutes against Blackburn Rovers. However, following the developments regarding Liverpool’s pursuit of Alisson Becker (fee agreed, medical underway), it became painfully clear the Welshman wouldn’t be given that shot any time soon.
Ward turned 25 a month ago, and by no means can he be considered young enough to justify any patience in remaining ‘the best No.3 goalkeeper in the world’. It certainly feels like it’s now or never if he’s ever to establish himself as a No.1 somewhere, and it obviously won’t be at Liverpool. The move to Leicester makes perfect sense for both player and club, and the agreed fee seems quite decent for such an unproven ‘keeper.
Ward hardly ever put his foot wrong in his time at the club, he impressed on loan twice, and he truly deserves a chance to fight for a No.1 spot at a Premier League club. Whether he will replace Kasper Schmeichel (should the Dane leave) or provide some tough competition for him remains to be seen.
Whatever happens, Ward has deserved best wishes from Liverpool fans.