Danny Ward won’t be returning to Huddersfield ahead of the new season, with David Wagner confirming Liverpool’s desire to keep the goalkeeper at Anfield.
Wales keeper Ward helped the Terriers earn promotion to the top flight via the Championship play-offs, with the 24-year-old stopping penalties in shoot-outs in the semi-final and final.
Head coach Wagner had been keen to bring Ward back for Huddersfield’s debut season in the Premier League, but the German revealed at a press conference on Friday that the goalkeeper would be staying at Liverpool.
Wagner was facing the press after committing to a new two-year contract, while the Terriers have also smashed their transfer record to sign Aaron Mooy on a permanent basis from Man City for a fee that could rise to £10million.
Town are also reported to be closing in on the signing of Tom Ince, but Wagner must also look for a new No.1.
Ward had expressed a desire to go back to Huddersfield and play regular first-team football in the Premier League.
“On a selfish point, yes, I would like to stay at Huddersfield,” said Ward earlier this month.
“I am only young for a goalkeeper and to have a chance of playing week-in week-out in the Premier League would be good experience for someone of my age.”
“It’s in the hands of Liverpool because ultimately I’m their player. They’ve got to decide what’s best.
“Liverpool have my contract and their needs come first, especially with the Champions League.”