It’s no secret that Liverpool manager Jürgen Klopp and Huddersfield Town boss David Wagner are good buddies as well as kindred coaching spirits. Their friendship goes back to their days at Mainz 05, and one of the earliest friendlies arranged during Klopp’s first full preseason with Liverpool was a matchup against Wagner’s Terriers. If Huddersfield Town can win promotion to the Premier League via the Championship playoffs, Wagner may be reaching out to his pal with a business proposition.
Keeper Danny Ward joined Huddersfield on a season-long loan last July, with the expectation that he would, at the very least, see some regular minutes as the first choice keeper and perhaps help keep the unfancied Terriers in the Championship. He may have the chance to do a whole lot more. Ward’s penalty shootout saves against Sheffield Wednesday have set up Huddersfield for a showdown against Reading, and the Welsh keeper could now help Wagner’s side win a ticket to the big time.
The Terriers were not expected to be in this position. They finished in 19th place last season in the Championship, and securing promotion to the Premier League just a year later would be quite the Cinderella story. If they can get past Reading, reports from certain outlets suggest that Wagner will ask Klopp if Ward’s stay at the Kirklees stadium can be extended for another season.
That request might present a bit of conundrum for Klopp. Ward impressed during his prior loan spell at Aberdeen, and has once again proven his value at Huddersfield. Meanwhile, Klopp has gotten a first hand look at a resurgent Simon Mignolet, while Loris Karius waits patiently in the wings, curating his Instagram account. It’s likely that the final decision will be made after Liverpool’s next preseason run. Either way, and assuming Huddersfield can do the job against Reading, Ward could be looking at spending next year in the Premier League.