Date: 15th November 2015 at 11:10am
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Well, at least as far as Derek McInnes is concerned despite the sacking of Brendan Rodgers with Jurgen Klopp now in charge at Anfield.

Aberdeen’s relationship with Liverpool is something McInnes – not only have players been loaned to the Dons the boss had also travelled to England at times to watch Liverpool train on Merseyside as he looked to learn from the Premier League club and seek new ways to improve things at Pittodrie – built up with Rodgers.

His sacking shouldn’t impact on this with him hopeful Klopp will continue to see the benefits.

McInnes said, with the Press & Journal covering his thoughts, he believes the arrangement can continue to benefit all concerned with Danny Ward and Ryan McLaughlin presently on loan with Aberdeen.

‘The relationship with Liverpool was initially through Brendan, but the relationship is there with the club at all levels.

‘I think it is important we have that relationship. You never know what can happen but we are confident that, certainly in Danny’s case, Liverpool see the value in him being here at Aberdeen.’

Ward’s been in fine form for Aberdeen whereas McLaughlin hasn’t found his first-team chances as easy to come across, so this isn’t exactly a loan that’s as beneficiary in many ways.

The experience Ward’s getting with the Dons is something McInnes added leaves him convinced Klopp will feel he’s ‘in the right place.’

‘They are delighted with the fact he is getting good experience and experiencing good times as well as tougher times.

‘He has faced different situations that will help his development. We are confident they think Danny is in the right place.’

McLaughlin, which might be a decision Liverpool oppose even if Aberdeen want this, is due to return to Anfield in January with it unclear if his loan with the Dons will be extended? Ward on the other hand is set to stay at Pittodrie for the season.

The Welsh international is in Liverpool’s long-term future plans, at least he was Rodgers’, as he signed a new five-year deal before his loan was agreed and McInnes couldn’t be happier with the form shown by Ward this season.

He finished by saying.

‘Even when we weren’t getting the results we would have wanted, Danny was one of the players who was still going out and playing well.

‘It can be easy to find form when things are going well and a player is feeling confident.

‘Sometimes it can be a bit more of a challenge when things aren’t going well but we are really pleased with the way Danny has settled at the club, he has been great for us.’


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