Liverpool supporters have been pretty downbeat in recent times after seeing their Champions League hopes dashed on Wednesday night.
Jurgen Klopp’s men went into their clash with French champions Paris Saint-Germain sat second in Group C and in prime position to qualify for the knockout stages, although Thomas Tuchel’s side were seeking revenge after losing to the Reds earlier in the campaign. And they did just that as goals from Juan Bernat and Neymar inspired the hosts to a 2-1 win at the Parc des Princes, with a James Milner penalty just before half time not enough to prompt a Liverpool comeback after the break.
Thus, there have been many disappointed Liverpudlians up and down the country in recent times, several of whom are hoping for much more from their side in the coming weeks, especially given the transfer business they conducted during the summer.
The Reds hierarchy were praised for luring the likes of Alisson and Xherdan Shaqiri to Anfield, while they also received huge plaudits for sanctioning the departure of goalkeeper Danny Ward for £12.6 million (as per Transfermarkt), thus making a very healthy £12.49 million profit on the Englishman having signed him for just £113,000 (as per Transfermarkt) in 2012.
And with the 25-year-old having only played three times for the Reds during his six-and-a-half year spell at Anfield, alongside the fact that he has hardly featured for new club Leicester this season, it’s clear that Klopp pulled off a blinder in selling his third-choice shot-stopper for a remarkable sum of money.
Ultimately, it was evident that Ward had little to no future at Anfield for much of his last few years at the club, given the main choices for that position in Loris Karius and Simon Mignolet failed to regularly convince of their capabilities, only for Klopp to continuously opt against selecting Ward.
That was a pretty damning verdict of just exactly where the 25-year-old was in the Reds pecking order given he got no chance behind two relatively average goalkeepers, with the Englishman eventually featuring three times for the Merseyside giants overall, two of which coming in the top-flight.
And having signed Brazil number one Alisson just a day prior to Ward’s eventual departure to Leicester, it was plainly obvious that his time at Anfield was coming to an end, so to then earn an incredible £12.49 million profit from his exit, despite only featuring three times for the club, represents a stunning piece of business from Klopp and the Reds hierarchy.
Yes, Ward certainly does have ability, having proven his worth on loan at Scottish Premiership side Aberdeen and then Huddersfield Town in the season they were promoted to the top-flight, but to then sanction a deal of £12.6 million, just £1 million less than what it took for the Reds to sign Shaqiri, was quite staggering.
And Leicester haven’t exactly reaped the rewards from his arrival either given he has failed to dispose Kasper Schmeichel of the gloves at the King Power Stadium, appearing just three times for Claude Puel’s side so far, all of which in the Carabao Cup – he has so far cost them £4.2 million per appearance.
As such, letting Ward go was always likely during the summer window following the arrival of Alisson, and his already lowly position in the pecking order, but for Klopp to earn £12.6 million for a player who isn’t even playing regularly at Leicester represents a piece of brilliance from the Liverpool manager.
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