Liverpool are poised to add a set-piece master to their squad this summer as Jurgen Klopp looks to squeeze every ounce out of his team to get some improvement.
The Reds finished fifth in the Premier League season just gone, agonisingly close to top four – but now a squad overhaul has begun, with Klopp looking to improve his side. To get back to competing with Manchester City, the Merseysiders are looking to be smart rather than breaking the bank.
The move makes plenty of sense for a number of reasons. The Saints captain will want an immediate return to the top flight to bolster his England chances and has the engine and work-rate needed for a Klopp midfield. Having just been relegated, he may not be expensive either.
But Ward-Prowse's set-piece statistics are another example of Liverpool looking to find an edge over their opponents. The midfielder scored or assisted 13 goals in the Premier League last term with a team that finished bottom of the league – many of which came from free-kicks, corners and penalties.
If Liverpool were to harness that ability, they could well find an edge over the likes of City and Arsenal, who don't have an obvious parallel in their side able to create such danger from dead balls.
The 28-year-old is approaching his prime, though his current contract doesn't expire until 2026.
Ward-Prowse is valued at €38m by Transfermarkt.
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