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Danny Ward to Undergo Upgrade at Huddersfield Town

Hudderfield's boss hailed Ward's loan deal and proclaimed that the 23-year-old would return to Liverpool as a better player.

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While Simon Mignolet and Loris Karius battle for the starting job in the first team at Liverpool, Danny Ward will have to watch from afar after joining Huddersfield on a season-long loan, where he will link up with Jürgen Klopp's close friend and former Borussia Dortmund colleague, David Wagner.

It's good to see a potentially fruitful relationship forming between Huddersfield and Liverpool, a connection that is largely driven by the friendship between the two managers, as it was Wagner's recommendation that made left back Ben Chilwell Klopp's top left back transfer target.

And when it came to taking Ward on loan, Wagner was delighted to secure the services of the Liverpool goalkeeper for the season and proclaimed that the Welsh international would return to Anfield a better player.

"I’ve spoken before about using the loan market to bring special talent to the club, and Danny is another great example of this," Wagner said of his new signing. "That is why there was such strong competition to take Danny. I would like to thank Liverpool FC for the help the staff at the club have given us in allowing Danny to join us. Danny is a goalkeeper that Liverpool rates very highly, which is why he has signed a new long-term contract at the club.

"He did very well out on loan last season and I believe we can help him take the next step in his career this season so he will return to Liverpool a better goalkeeper. He is good with the ball at his feet, which is important in our style, but most importantly he is excellent at keeping the ball out of his net. Danny has had a very busy season that was extended by the part he played for Wales in Euro 2016, so he will be given some time off before he joins the squad when we depart for Austria."

Last season, Ward spent the first half of the year with Aberdeen, helping the Scottish club to run a close second to champions Celtic before returning to Liverpool in January. For Huddersfield, meanwhile, Wagner was brought onboard in November, shortly after Klopp took over at Anfield, becoming the club's first manager born outside the British Isles.

His presence helped to steady the relegation-threatened side, and in the end while they could only finish 19th in the 24 club Championship, they ended the season 11 points clear of the drop. This year, with the help of Ward, the goal will be a comfortable mid-table finish or perhaps even to push for an unlikely spot in the promotion playoffs.

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