Daniel Ward (born 22 June 1993) is a Welsh professional footballer who plays as a goalkeeper for Premier League club Liverpool and the Wales national team. Ward has also previously played for Wrexham as well as having loan spells at Tamworth, Morecambe, Aberdeen and Huddersfield Town. He was first called up to the Welsh national team in 2013 and made his debut in 2016. He was part of their squad that reached the semi-finals of UEFA Euro 2016.
On 30 January 2012, it was announced that Liverpool had signed Ward for a fee of around £100,000. He was quickly promoted to the Reserve team and featured in the 2011–12 NextGen Series where he played in a 6–0 loss to Ajax in the semi-finals.
Ward got his first call-up to the Liverpool senior squad in a League Cup game against Swansea City on 31 October 2012 as an unused substitute. His next senior call up wasn’t until 12 January 2014 for a Premier League game against Stoke City where Ward was deputising for the injured Brad Jones.
In March 2015, he was loaned to League Two side, Morecambe for one month. On 21 March 2015, he made his football league debut in an away game against Carlisle United.
By the end of the 2014–15 season, Ward had been Liverpool’s substitute goalkeeper in 23 of the club’s 58 games, taking his tally of squad call-ups to 25.
On 23 June 2015, Ward signed a new five-year contract at Liverpool, keeping him at the club until 2020. A few days later, he was loaned to Scottish Premiership club Aberdeen. He made his debut for Aberdeen on 2 July 2015, against FK Shkëndija in the first qualifying round of the UEFA Europa League. After the game, Aberdeen informed UEFA officials that Ward had been targeted by laser beams
On 10 January 2016, Liverpool cut short Ward’s loan at Aberdeen and he returned after impressing with 13 clean sheets in all competitions for the Dons, making him a firm fan favourite. On 17 April 2016, Ward made his debut for Liverpool against Bournemouth in place of Simon Mignolet, where Liverpool won 2–1. The Welshman was called into action on several occasions in the second half, denying King twice before making a great late save from Grabban’s close-range header.
On 11 July 2016, he signed a season-long loan with Football League Championship side Huddersfield Town. He made his competitive debut for the Terriers in their 2–1 win over Brentford on 6 August 2016. Ward eventually helped Huddersfield gain promotion to the Premier League via the playoffs in May 2017 saving penalties in both the semi-final 2nd leg and the final.