Stats show why Liverpool may want Joel Ward as new deal talks stall

Joel Ward of Crystal Palace

Liverpool are reported to be interested in Joel Ward, and the defender admits no progress has been made in contract talks at Crystal Palace.

Liverpool are looking for defensive reinforcements, that pretty much goes without saying.

Glen Johnson and Jose Enrique appear to have had their day and Brendan Rodgers is ready to dip into the transfer market for long-term successors.

He has Alberto Moreno at left-back, but he may require an alternative option to the likes of Jon Flanagan on the right.

Reports suggest that Joel Ward is among those to have caught his eye, with the Crystal Palace man capable of operating on either side of a back four.

His versatility makes him an intriguing option, as does the fact that he is now a proven Premier League performer.

Ward is also only 25 years of age and fares admirably when compared to those already on the books at Anfield.

  TeamTotal TackleWon TackleTotal ClearanceInterceptionDuel WonAccurate CrossAppearancesMins Played
Joel Ward C. Palace 41 36 72 30 121 6 17 1,530
Alberto Moreno Liverpool 34 24 29 18 67 6 12 1,013
Glen Johnson Liverpool 18 15 28 16 59 2 11 858
José Enrique Liverpool 2 2 11 2 10 0 3 184

Another factor which could be working in Liverpool’s favour is that Ward is yet to commit to a new contract at Selhurst Park and has revealed that talks with Palace have ground to a halt.

He said in the Croydon Advertiser: “There’s been no movement. I haven’t heard more since the first round of negotiations, it hasn’t come out again or been approached.

“I am just concentrating on football and hopefully things will get sorted out. I have loved my time at the club so far and really enjoyed it. It’s not a hidden thing, it’s gone on for quite a while but for me I just need to get on with playing."

Ward is tied to Palace until 2016, with a four-year deal penned upon his arrival from Portsmouth.

He was expected to be rewarded with fresh terms after impressing in the top-flight, but the Eagles are now running the risk of losing him to a rival with their inability to reach an agreement.

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