In news that was inevitable as soon as the chase for Alisson was on, Danny Ward’s transfer to Leicester City has officially been announced by the club. Going for £12.5 million with an added 20% sell-on fee from any future transfers, this is a remarkable deal for the young goalkeeper.
The 25 year old goalkeeper began his LFC career in 2012 after joining the LFC from Wrexham. Promise had always been the name attached to Danny Ward, but with the signing of Loris Karius - who is the exact same age - it appeared that his time in a Red shirt was likely done or, at the very least, relegated to battling it out for the back up spot. Now that the club has signed Alisson Becker to be the number 1 (and with both Simon Mignolet and Loris Karius still on the club payroll), the chances of finding consistent playing time as a Red have all but evaporated.
That’s not to say, though, that he has no future. The working in of the sell-on fee communicates that Liverpool brass believe he has a future. In fact, many fans believed him to be a viable back up due to his impressive form while on-loan at Huddersfield during the 2016-2017 season which saw Ward play a vital role in earning the club promotion. That promise may yet be unlocked with consistent playing time.
Regardless, this is just the first domino to fall after Liverpool’s splashy signing of Alisson Becker. One of Simon Mignolet and Loris Karius are yet slated to make way before the end of the season with all signs pointing to the humble Belgian shot-stopper and pear enthusiast being the one to make way.
With the first match 3 odd weeks away, Liverpool FC’s first team looks to be firming up. And that just means that the excitement is right around the corner.