It’s a wonderful story at Huddersfield,” Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp told reporters in September, heaping praise on his former Borussia Dortmund colleague David Wagner, now at the helm at Huddersfield Town. “I watch a lot of Championship football. I’m interested in how Huddersfield are doing.”

Klopp‘s relationship with Wagner goes back decades, from time as team-mates at Mainz 05 to operating as manager and reserve manager at Dortmund and now together in England—one in the Premier League and one in the Championship.

Wagner was best man at Klopp‘s wedding to his long-term partner, Ulla, in 2005, while the 44-year-old told the Guardian‘s Andy Hunter in December that “I’ve known Jurgen longer than I’ve known my wife.”


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Jurgen Klopp and David Wagner have been friends since the 1990s.

More importantly, Wagner revealed that the pair “have the same thinking about football,” and this is why Klopp is not only watching out for the Terriers’ results in the English second tier, but also the performances of goalkeeper Danny Ward.

Ward joined Huddersfield on a season-long loan at the beginning of July, with Liverpool revealing the Wales international had “signed a new long-term contract” ahead of his move to the John Smith’s Stadium.

Though he ended up as one of 12 players to leave the Reds on loan during the summer transfer window, including familiar faces Lazar Markovic, Andre Wisdom and Jon Flanagan, Ward will be among a select few whom Klopp takes a more vested interest in over the course of 2016/17.

Fortunately, just under a quarter of the way through the Championship season, Ward is proving to be one of the sleeper hits of the division and could be paving his way into the Liverpool first team in the future.

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