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Danny Ward Set To Start Against Blackburn As Goalkeeping Shake Up Continues

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Klopp will continue tinkering with his goalkeeping options on Thursday.

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The goalkeeping position was always going to be a sticky one this season after Loris Karius’s disastrous performance in the Champions League final, and indeed there’s been a lot of movement in that area so far this summer.

It was reported last week that Danny Ward, Klopp’s third choice goalkeeper last season, will be given the opportunity to challenge for the number one spot. Now with Liverpool making a bid for Roma and Brazil keeper Alisson on Tuesday, it seems clear that what he’s actually battling for is to potentially be made Alisson’s understudy, should this transfer go through.

After not playing a part in Saturday’s draw against Bury, Ward is set to be back between the sticks when Liverpool travel to Ewood Park to take on Blackburn Rovers. He did well in the first two pre-season games he appeared in, and he’s been impressing Klopp during training, and Thursday he’ll get another chance to prove himself.

Simon Mignolet is widely believed to be headed away from Anfield during this transfer window, though where and when is still unknown. The Belgian has just arrived home from the World Cup, so any transfer moves will be probably come after he has a break.

Loris Karius’ future remains unclear. He appears to be having a difficult time bouncing back from his mistakes against Real Madrid. The fervor over Liverpool trying to break the record for a new goalkeeper signing can’t be helping his confidence any.

For those of us who have hoped for an upgrade in the goalkeeping department for a while now, all of the recent movement in that area over the last few days has been pretty exciting. It’s not yet clear how it will all shake out come August 9th. Heck, maybe Danny Ward will end up being Liverpool’s main man this season, but knowing that they are at least attempting to rectify the problem is heartening after all this time.