What Danny Ward's return to Liverpool could mean for their goalkeeping situation

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Jurgen Klopp has repeatedly batted away suggestions that he would buy a goalkeeper this January.

Liverpool have recalled goalkeeper Danny Ward from his loan spell with Aberdeen, the Liverpool Echo among other publications reports.

Ward bolsters the Reds' goalkeeping options and appears to have impressed those in Scotland with the Aberdeen Press and Journal describing the news of Ward returning to Merseyside as completing their 'nightmare weekend', which shows how much of an important figure he has become for the Dons - and how highly regarded he is.

The goalkeeper's role has been problematic for Liverpool for a few years now. Simon Mignolet hasn't performed to a high level on a consistent basis and sadly looks as if there is an error in him - while Adam Bogdan has shown he is unreliable in his last two appearances against Watford and Exeter City - with his failure to deal with crosses in both games proving costly. 

Jurgen Klopp has repeatedly stated that he wasn't in the market for a new goalkeeper and has said he is happy with Simon Mignolet operating as his number one - but at the same time it is clear he was unimpressed with Bogdan after Friday night's FA Cup tie at Exeter. 

Ward's recall probably lessens the need and calms any cries for the side to sign a new goalkeeper in this transfer window. It could be a case of delaying the inevitable but it certainly buys the Liverpool manager time in that respect.

One thing that Simon Mignolet has never really had during his time at Anfield is serious competition for his position. His two deputies have been Brad Jones and then Bogdan. By comparison, Mignolet's ability is way ahead of the pair of them.

So, with Ward impressing at Aberdeen, the 22-year-old should at least offer that, and could even see himself go ahead of Bogdan in the pecking order and have a chance against Exeter City in the FA Cup replay at Anfield - likely to be on January 20th.

In the main, standards at the club, especially in that area of the team, need to be driven up. Liverpool are bringing back a young goalkeeper who is likely to be hungry for first team action with the Reds and in pretty good form. Klopp hopes this move has the desired effect and solves a conundrum without needing to visit the transfer market.

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