Danny Ward

Danny Ward
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Danny Ward

Current Club: Liverpool.
Previous Clubs: Wrexham.
Loan Clubs: Tamworth, Morecambe, Aberdeen, Huddersfield Town.

International: Wales 3 caps.
Trophies Won: None.

The Welsh keeper has had what can only be considered a strange career to date, joining Liverpool from Wrexham is not usual, but to then end up on loan in Scotland with the Dons is almost unheard of. What is most strange of all is that, after an excellent season out on loan with the Terriers, where he helped them to win promotion, he was held back at Liverpool for this season, despite Huddersfield being very keen to take him back on loan. It seems a bizarre situation for him to spend a season as 3rd choice, when he could have been getting games under his belt in the Premier League.

Despite his mishandling by the club, the 24 year old has always radiated an aura of confidence when between the sticks, an aura which helps his teammates. Ward has a good command of his box, even from a young age, something which makes a significant difference to the defenders playing in front of him. Defenders love a commanding goalkeeper, it makes their job much easier. In most respects he is a very reliable keeper, though he does need to work on coming for crosses, like most modern keepers he does struggle with judging the modern ball, which moves much more than the old heavy balls.

Apart from those odd flaps at the ball in the air, which is something that seems to be a criticism of every goalie these days, Ward is a solid, dependable keeper, rather than a keeper that makes breathtaking saves out of nowhere. However, what really stands out, in my opinion, is his ability on the ball. He is very much a modern day keeper, comfortable kicking or throwing it out to start attacks. It seems quite odd that he is the third choice at Liverpool when he stands out as the one most suited to the way they play.