Liverpool goalkeeper Danny Ward rates his first team chances at Anfield

Ward was recalled from a loan spell at Aberdeen to put pressure on Simon Mignolet at Liverpool.

Liverpool goalkeeper Danny Ward has said he feels he is closer to becoming the club's number one, but did admit returning from his loan spell at Aberdeen was bitter sweet.

Ward was helping the Dons challenge for the Scottish Premier League title but Reds' boss Jurgen Klopp was appointed manager in October and recalled the Welsh international in January.

The 22-year-old has moved ahead of Adam Bogdan in the pecking order but it remains a challenge to dislodge Simon Mignolet, who Klopp seems to be sticking by despite the Belgian's performances coming under more and more scrutiny - sometimes because of mistakes he's made.

Ward is quoted in the Daily Mail, saying: "My ambition on the club front is to be Liverpool's No 1 and I will keep trying to do that as long as they want me at the club.

"Hopefully that will happen sooner rather than later. Competition is healthy, I am at a great club and I want to make an impact there."

Ward has yet to make an appearance for the Reds so far this season, and some fans are perhaps a little frustrated that he hasn't been given at least one opportunity to impress. 

The keeper added: "Getting called back is a bit of a different challenge than being a No 1. You have to work harder in training and push the man ahead of you because you want his jersey.

"I feel I am nearer that number one spot now. It gives you the experience of pressure situations that you cannot get in training."

There has been plenty of speculation that Liverpool are on the lookout for another goalkeeper, which could mean it is a bit more difficult for Ward to force his way into the side, especially if Mignolet is still at the club. 

If Ward manages to impress with Wales, and has a good pre-season, then he could force his way in Klopp's thinking ahead of the start of next season, as it seems doubtful he will get an opportunity before the end of this term, unless there's an injury to Mignolet.

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