Ward excited by Reds chance

19 September 2017 04:33:27 EST

Goalkeeper Danny Ward is relishing the opportunity to start for Liverpool against Leicester City in the third round of the EFL Cup.

The 24-year-old Wales international spent last season on loan at Huddersfield Town, playing a major part in helping the Terriers gain promotion to the Premier League.

I've been working hard on the training pitch to wait and see if I get a chance.

Danny Ward

However, Ward is now back at Anfield and keen to make his mark, starting against the Foxes at the King Power Stadium on Tuesday evening.

With Ward having been told he will start ahead of both Simon Mignolet and Loris Karius, the former Wrexham youngster told his club's official website: "I'm good to go.

"I had a little knock in pre-season, trouble with my back, which held me back for ten days or so, but since then I've been training absolutely fine.

"I've been working hard on the training pitch to wait and see if I get a chance and I'm excited to pull on the Liverpool shirt again after such a long time.

"You've got to believe in your own ability in terms of shot-stopping and coming for crosses.

"It is mentality - concentration and making sure everyone is doing their jobs in front of you, and it keeps you in the game if you're talking to your back four for the 90 minutes."

The Reds have lost of both of their last two visits to Leicester, with Jamie Vardy scoring twice in both of those defeats, but the England man is a major doubt for the Foxes due to a groin injury.

Liverpool are 4/9 to reach the fourth round of the EFL Cup at the expense of Leicester and are 9/4 to keep a clean sheet, with the Merseysiders 1212/1 to go all the way and win the competition.

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