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Liverpool stopper leaves Anfield on season-long loan

Aberdeen have signed Liverpool goalkeeper Danny Ward on a season-long loan deal.

Ward will spend the season with Aberdeen. Credit: PA

The 22-year-old Wales squad player trained with his new team-mates on Friday and will compete with last season's number one, Scott Brown, and long-serving Jamie Langfield for the goalkeeper's jersey.

The former Wrexham player joined Liverpool in 2012 and signed a long-term contract earlier this week after spending time on loan at Sky Bet League Two side Morecambe last season.

Dons boss Derek McInnes told the club's official website: "I am delighted to get Danny on board. He is a young goalkeeper we have been aware of for some time. We are thankful to Liverpool and Brendan (Rodgers) in particular for allowing this to happen.

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Liverpool legend advised Southampton defender Clyne

Carragher advised Clyne to join Liverpool last season. Credit: PA

It turns out Liverpool legend Jamie Carragher may have played his part in Nathaniel Clyne's imminent Anfield move.

The Reds saw their £12.5m bid for Southampton's right back accepted today, and look poised to complete his transfer this week.

Addressing his Twitter followers this afternoon, football-turned-pundit Carragher explained:

"Saw Nathaniel Clyne at St Mary's last season after a game & told him to sign for Lfc, he took the advice! I'm on the transfer committee now."

Stats: Liverpool new boy Firmino better than Sterling in every department

Days after spurning Man City's latest advances for Raheem Sterling, Liverpool have secured their first major attacking signing of the summer in Roberto Firmino.

Firmino has joined Liverpool for £29, Sterling could leave for £50m. Credit: Oulala

The Brazilian has joined for around £29m and is expected to fill one of the front three positions that Sterling will vacate in Brendan Rodgers' favoured 4-3-3 formation.

The reported £50m fee Sterling's sale could raise seems even greater business on Liverpool's part when taking Firmino's stats for Hoffenheim into account.

Last season, the forward created more goals than Sterling (10), scored the same amount (7), while pulling off more successful passes, tackles, take-ons and interceptions.

The figures also add weight to a growing sentiment that transfer fees for English youngsters, and English players in general, are hugely inflated in the current market.

Liverpool have learned that lesson that hard way after forking out £35m on Andy Carroll and £20m on Stewart Downing. Brazilian international Firmino, currently lighting up the Copa America in Chile, looks a much safer and more sensible acquisition.

Stats courtesy of oulala.com

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