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Former Liverpool goalkeeper Danny Ward’s cup heroics start to justify his multi-million pound price tag

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Former Liverpool goalkeeper Danny Ward’s cup heroics start to justify his multi-million pound price tag

On Tuesday night, Leicester City goalkeeper Danny Ward inspired the Foxes to the next round of the League Cup after triumphing on penalties over Southampton.

The former Liverpool man was excellent throughout the match, showing glimpses of the form that will hopefully justify his reported £12.5 million price tag.

Ward produced an immense performance against the Saints, keeping a clean sheet through the 120 minutes and notably denying Michael Obafemi when the Irishman was through on goal.

And come the penalty shootout, the Welshman conjured up the decisive save when keeping out Manolo Gabbiadini’s spot-kick, setting up Leicester for the victory.

(photo by Graham Wilson/Action Plus via Getty Images)

Despite his League Cup heroics, Ward is yet to play a minute in the Premier League and is still second choice behind Kasper Schmeichel.

 

It is a feeling Ward became used to at Liverpool, with the goalkeeper making just three first team appearances in six years at the club.

After a multitude of loan spells away from Anfield, Ward completed his big-money move this summer to the King Power Stadium, yet has a long way to go before he can justify his expensive price tag.

Yet if Danny Ward can continue his exceptional cup performances, then the ex-Liverpool goalkeeper may force Claude Puel to seriously consider him for the first choice role.

Max is a journalist studying at the University of Pennsylvania. Max specialises in English football and co-hosts a weekly podcast. He is also a politics reporter and deputy news editor for The Daily Pennsylvanian.

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