Wednesday, November 30, 2022

Liverpool Let 25 Y/O Defensive Shield Sign With Leicester City: Good Move For All Parties Involved?

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Aakarsh Bommakanti
Was diving around lush green grass not so long ago but my keyboard is all I have now. An avid observer of detail in sports with a passion to make myself heard. Can find me playing on a field if not in front of my screen.

Liverpool are certainly making themselves ready to fight for the biggest trophies in club football next season, after missing out on late last season. Jurgen Klopp has added three fresh faces to the side from the previous season and has spent a world record fee on Brazilian shot-stopper Alisson Becker to solve a long-standing issue at Anfield.

The Reds have lost three finals under the German tactician and in two of those, Liverpool’s goalkeepers made errors directly leading to goals. However, the arrival of Alisson is expected to make them strong contenders in the domestic league and in Europe next season.

The Brazilian will be the first choice stopper at Anfield next season while Loris Karius, who showed no improvement in the pre-season, will now fall down the pecking order. Belgian star Simon Mignolet does not seem to have any future at the club and could be sold but Liverpool have decided to let his backup, Danny Ward, quit the club this summer.

The Welsh international moved to Liverpool in 2012 but has managed to play just three games for the senior side at Anfield. He announced himself to the league after helping Huddersfield Town to the Premier League last year, after a series of superb performances in the Championship. He also broke into the national side and was regarded as the future between the sticks for Liverpool.

He spent the last season with Klopp’s squad but only played in the domestic cups, struggling to impress Klopp. The German briefly gave him a lifeline, with reports suggesting that Klopp could use him as his no.1 next season but Liverpool were no mood to sit idle and broke the transfer record by spending up to £67m on the AS Roma star.

So Ward is in no position to fight for a place in the first team and move away from the club makes loads of sense for him at the moment. He was hardly given a chance to impress under Klopp and Leicester City have now announced that they have signed Ward on a permanent deal, worth £10m.

It is unclear if Ward is a backup to Kasper Schmeichel or if he will replace the Dane, who is wanted by Rome themselves. This goalkeeper merry-go-round has only profited Liverpool as they are now in a position of real strength.

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Alisson will remain the first choice while one of Karius or Mignolet will probably be binned. Young Kamil Grabara will be the third choice and Klopp will hope that he will not have to dig that deep next season. Liverpool did include a sell-on clause in Ward’s contract but do you think they should have given him a chance to prove himself in the first team?

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