Liverpool have signed promising young goalkeeper Danny Ward from Wrexham for an undisclosed fee.
Ward, a Wales Under-19 international, joins the Reds immediately and will go straight into the reserve squad, states the official Liverpool website.
Liverpool boss Kenny Dalglish believes the integration of new arrivals is aided by long cup runs and said their Caring Cup success and FA Cup victories will help the team to gel.
“It is a bit of a work in progress. With seven players coming in during the summer, plus the two in January, it is a big ask,” he is quoted as saying on Sky Sports.
“If you look at the team who finished the matches in both games there were a lot of them (new signings) playing and I don't suppose many of them have played in semi-finals before.
“Although we drew against United in October, playing them in a cup tie at Anfield is a totally different thing.
“It was a great education for the new lads to see what the club stands for and what it means and I think everyone will benefit from that.”
The other player Dalglish is referring to is another young goalkeeper – Sweden Under-21 international Kristoffer Nordfeldt.
The 22-year-old joins from Swedish side IK Brommapojkarna and reportedly travelled to England yesterday to discuss personal terms, according to Sky Sports.
It appears to be part of a goalkeeping reshuffle at Anfield, as it has been reported that 21-year-old Danish ‘keeper Martin Hansen is set to leave Liverpool for Viborg – a club in his native Denmark.
Hansen had spent time on loan at League Two side Bradford City but it seems he has been unable to make the grade under Dalglish.