Joe Hart has sealed a move to West Ham United, who are clearly delighted at bagging the England number one, on loan for next season – but will Jurgen Klopp regret not taking him?
The Liverpool boss is nothing if not loyal, something which Simon Mignolet, Loris Karius and Danny Ward will be more than thankful for.
“We have three goalkeepers and they can all show what they are able to do, and then we will see who will start,” said Klopp.
Many have questioned Klopp’s loyalty to his goalkeepers – but is he going the right thing? Maybe he is but I just can’t see why he would turn his nose up at a top goalkeeper like Hart.
Both Mignolet and Karius have had their moments, but neither have ever shown the quality you would and should expect from a side hoping to win the Premier League.
However, there is another – Welsh international Danny Ward. The 24-year-old, who has played a couple of Premier League games for The Reds, was snapped up by the club as a teenager whilst with Wrexham.
But it is his last two seasons where he has really started to show he could be a top-flight keeper. First with Aberdeen and then last season with Huddersfield Town – who he helped claim a Premier League place via the play-offs.
Ward is clearly a talented keeper, but is he the answer? Possibly – and let’s hope for Liverpool’s sake he is, because we know Mignolet and Karius are not.
For me, and I know some of Liverpool’s hierarchy believed the same – taking Hart was a no brainer for Liverpool once they decided they would not be paying the huge fee being asked for Jordan Pickford, who signed for Everton in a £30million deal.
So unless Ward turns out to be top-six quality, which he might – it is a huge risk for Klopp to be going into the season once again with a goalkeeper department that is lacking quality – which is strange given his mantra this summer of quality over quantity…