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LOAN PERFORMER OF THE WEEK: Liverpool keeper Ward starring in Scotland as Aberdeen make best start since Sir Alex

Liverpool may have found themselves a player if the early season form of on-loan goalkeeper Danny Ward is anything to go by.

Signed for £100,000 in 2012 from Wrexham, Ward has starred for Aberdeen in the early part of the 2015/16 Scottish Premier League season.

The Welshman played a vital role as the Dons upset Celtic 2-1 at the weekend, confirming their title credentials. Having been beaten from the penalty spot on early on after Aberdeen defender Andrew Considine fouled in the area, Ward made a series of important contributions as his side defeated the reigning champions in a stunning upset.

The 22-year-old first made a save to deny Australian Tom Rogic, as well as a crucial late interception that prevented a goal with scores locked at 1-1. The result and Ward's performance was all the more remarkable given the Dons went down to ten men after Jonny Hayes' 70th minute dismissal.

Aberdeen have won all of their first six games so far this season, and sit top of the table, two points clear of Celtic and with a game in hand. The Dons were the last team other than Celtic or Rangers to win the league in Scotland, under Sir Alex Ferguson's stewardship back in 1984/85.

This season marks Aberdeen's best start to a season since Sir Alex was in a charge, and Ward has played an integral part between the sticks.

Liverpool clearly see something in him and it has been great to have him here on loan," Dons' skipper Ryan Jack said recently.

“He has done brilliantly so far.

“He has been asked to come up with some answers in a few games and he has done that.

“The whole defence like playing in front of him and he has belief in them too. It has been a good combination so far and hopefully we can keep it going."

Ward, who spent last season on loan at Morecambe, is due to spend the rest of the season at Pittodrie Stadium.

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