Most Liverpool supporters would be forgiven if they’d forgotten that goalkeeper Danny Ward briefly had a career at Anfield.
Signed from Wrexham as a prodigy in January 2012, the now 12-time Welsh stopper was farmed out on three separate loan deals, that number ironically being the same amount of first-team Reds’ appearances that he received.
It was a surprise then, to see Premier League rivals Leicester City fork out a reported £12.5m to take him to the King Power Stadium in 2018, emotions that would potentially have been stirred again with the Foxes’ stopper having recently agreed a new four-year deal with the East-Midlands outfit.
The deal to sell Ward looks like another stroke of genius from Michael Edwards.
Just a few months before his sale to Leicester, Ward was rated at just £2.25m so for Liverpool to even rake in the fee that they did for the goalkeeper was a remarkable move.
Considering that he has been somewhat starved of action so far, having made just 14 appearances for the club in all competitions, it could be argued that Leicester have certainly not received value for money.
It is undeniable that if the Reds were looking to sell Ward – who earns £20k per week at the King Power Stadium – in the current market, they would simply not be able to demand such a fee for his signature.
Whilst it could have been argued that the Welshman might have been an able deputy to current Reds’ stopper Alisson, with Jurgen Klopp in the past labelling him as “fantastic”, the opportunity to rake in such an amount was an opportunity not to be missed by Liverpool and Edwards pulled off another masterstroke.