Danny Ward knows what it’s like to be on the winning side at Aston Villa.
The on-loan Huddersfield Town keeper was on the bench for Liverpool when they triumphed 6-0 there in February’s Premier League clash.
Now the Wales international is gearing up to start when Town seek a third win in as many Championship games on Tuesday.
And how he would like to follow in the footsteps of Anfield teammate Simon Mignolet, on duty for Liverpool six months ago, by keepiong a clean sheet.
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The three-times capped Wrexham product has played in all three Town games so far this season, the 2-1 Championship wins at home to Brentford and at Newcastle United and the 2-1 League Cup loss at Shrewsbury Town.
Now Ward, who signed a new long-term Liverpool contract just before joining Town for the season, is eyeing a quartet of appearances and a first clean sheet for the club against a Villa side adjusting to life in the second tier after relegation.
The 23-year-old, who joined Liverpool in 2012, made huge strides last season, with a successful loan stint at Aberdeen, two appearances for Liverpool under Jurgen Klopp and three for Wales, the last of them against Slovakia in their Euro 2016 opener in Bordeaux.
Now he wants to make further progress by playing regularly in the Championship.
Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp has entrusted best pal Wagner with one of his potential stars - and Ward couldn’t be happier.
“For myself personally, Huddersfield is the perfect place,” he said.
“The way the manager wants to play football is very similar to how my parent club play.
“I know the managers are friends and they are obviously going to speak a lot, which is a good thing for myself.
“I don’t mind them talking about me as long as it means I’m doing well!”
Ward, who had a loan spell at Morecambe in 2014/15, added: “I joined the squad a bit later than some of the other lads because I was away with Wales.
“What struck me soon was how together the group was. All the boys are close and there’s a good spirit.
“There are no egos in the dressing room, all the boys get on really well and we are pushing each other every day in training.”
Ward says the mix of nationalities at Town is no problem.
“The new signings from abroad are good with their English,” he explained.
“And Christoph Buhler (Wagner’s assistant) has given them little boards with bits of homework, things like shouts on the pitch and what they should be listening out for.”
After Newcastle, Ward is relishing a fresh test against Villa.
“No-one wants to be playing against teams that don’t test you,” he said.
“These are the kind of hurdles you need to get over.
“We will be up against some good players but we are ready to show we are a good team.”