Reports this week have suggested that Liverpool are in the hunt for Zorya Luhansk goalkeeper Andriy Lunin.
The Mirror reported that the Ukrainian international is on the Merseyside club’s transfer wishlist for the summer. The plan, according to the report, is to bring in the 19-year-old as the club’s number three goalkeeper – battling Simon Mignolet and Loris Karius for the role.
As reported by Mundo Deportivo back in March, Liverpool would have to pay £5.2 million for the talented Ukrainian.
It would be an impressive signature for Liverpool, with Lunin considered one of the top young goalkeepers in Europe.
But it would also surely spell the end for one Liverpool player who never got his chance at Anfield.
Danny Ward turns 25-years-old this summer and remains far from a potential first-team berth at Anfield. The third-choice stopper, who has played just once for Liverpool this season, is clearly not in the long-term thinking on Merseyside.
This is despite his obvious talents. Ward has been a regular in the Wales squad for a number of years now. His two main loan spells away from the club have been very impressive. His time at Aberdeen saw him first catch the eye. In 2016-17 he was the number one stopper for Huddersfield Town as they clinched their place in the Premier League via the Championship play-offs.
After such an excellent season he would have hoped to kick on this campaign but has found himself frozen out as the gooseberry in the Liverpool goalkeeper department.
The time for Ward to leave the club is now. If he wants to push for the Welsh number one jersey and build a solid career for himself, leaving permanently this summer would be his best option.
With Lunin being lined up, a younger perhaps more exciting option, Ward’s Liverpool career just simply appears to have come to a natural end.