After Danny Ward's debut are Liverpool really in the market for another goalkeeper?

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There were reports suggesting Liverpool would look for a new goalkeeper in the summer, but is it high on Klopp's priorities after the promising Danny Ward made his debut?

The overall impression from Danny Ward's full Liverpool debut was that he did well, and only a late Joshua King strike denied him a clean sheet as a much-changed Liverpool side were 2-1 winners over Bournemouth at the Vitality Stadium.

There have been many suggestions that Liverpool will be in the market for another goalkeeper in the summer, as the fans' patience with Simon Mignolet continued to drain.

Ward returned from a loan spell at Aberdeen in the Scottish Premiership with several positive reviews, and quickly replaced Adam Bogdan as the club's number two 'keeper. 

On his Liverpool bow, he performed pretty well. His instinct was to come for the ball a lot more than Mignolet while he pulled off a couple of fine saves. One cannot help but feel that he could do with bulking up on his upper body as he develops - like other members of the squad have, notably Divock Origi - but that can come in time.

Jurgen Klopp seemed impressed with the Welsh international's debut, saying that he was 'brilliant' in his post match press conference. 

There is certainly been a feeling that if Mignolet were to stay at the club then there needs to be some good competition for the Belgian, but he may have been getting that from Ward behind the scenes. 

But Mignolet signed a long-term contract earlier on in the season, Klopp rated him as one of the smartest goalkeepers he has worked with - which may be true, given that a lot of Liverpool fans have now seen Roman Weidenfeller over two games.

Some will point to the errors that Mignolet has made means that his time is up. The League Cup final and failure to keep out an Adam Johnson free-kick in February both spring to mind while there still seems to be a few issues to iron out when it comes to communication with the back four. 

There will be those that say there have been goals since that he should have done better with, but you could make that case for the majority if not all of the goalkeepers who have conceded goals during that time. The fact is, if Mignolet gets to the end of the season without a howler and some solid performances then that is a positive. If Ward gets a couple of other opportunities and impresses, that is another positive.

It is expected that many new players will come into the club in the summer as Klopp tries to assemble a side that is more in his own image. If the two goalkeepers currently at Liverpool keep each other honest, then it may be low on the list of priorities, at least. 

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