Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp has thanked Aberdeen for preparing Danny Ward for first-team action at Anfield.
Klopp has cut short Ward’s loan spell at Pittodrie after being impressed by the Welshman’s displays for the Dons and, having taken notice of the 22-year-old’s positive reviews for his consistent displays in Scotland, believes the time is right to recall the player.
Ward is expected to get a chance to join Adam Bogdan in providing competition for first-choice goalkeeper Simon Mignolet.
Klopp said: “It was an easy decision because we watched the improvement and development of Danny at Aberdeen.
“It’s a moment where we have to make decisions about all the players, some of them are our players but are on loan. In the case of Danny we thought it’s a good idea to get him back and that’s what we did.”
Ward will be added to the Liverpool squad for tomorrow’s Premier League game against leaders Arsenal at Anfield.
Klopp was happy to discuss Ward’s return but he was not forthcoming when asked about January arrivals to Merseyside.
Attacker Alexandre Pato has been linked with a move to Anfield from Brazilian club Corinthians but the Liverpool manager seemed to pour cold water on suggestions he was on the verge of joining fellow countrymen Lucas, Philippe Coutinho and Roberto Firmino in his squad.
The German said: “I don’t want to answer all the questions about this, I would like to say we don’t talk about things like this until we sign a contract.”