Ben Davies’ particular Liverpool story takes a new turn as transfer interests escalate –

Ben Davies’ particular Liverpool story takes a new turn as transfer interests escalate – fr

Of all the particular stories surrounding Liverpool’s season, perhaps none is more questioning than Ben Davies.
Coming late at the end of January, Davies’ modest £ 1.6million transfer from Preston North End was made in a bid to help an exhausted defensive department at Anfield.

Liverpool paid an initial £ 500,000 to PNE with an additional £ 1.1million in clauses which included a call-up in England.

Almost four months after that deal, Davies is no closer to a Three Lions cap than he was the day he signed for Liverpool.

If anything, he’s even further away having not kicked the ball since a 1-0 defeat at Sheffield on Wednesday in late January.

Yet to play just one minute of football for the Reds, Davies has only stood out with his absence overall.

Present in just eight matchday squads during that span, the defender has sat in 13 of the 21 games played since his arrival.

Questions about his whereabouts were never far off, but in truth, those questions were more of a perverted desire to dig than genuine concern about the impact his absence would have on the team.

The fact that Davies was signed to alleviate a crippling and chronic shortage of center-backs and he’s yet to be on the pitch is a head scratch.

An article published on social media on Thursday shed light on the situation.

“I finished rehabilitating my calf this morning in Axa! He wrote on Instagram.

“Looking forward to a productive offseason and a positive coming season!

“Thanks for the support since joining the Reds! See you soon! “

It was undesirably timely that Davies and Ozan Kabak – the two players recruited to ease the crisis in January – were also added to the absentee list in the final weeks of the season.

The two missed out last month, with Davies’ most recent sighting occurring during the draw in Leeds on April 19.

If Davies’ latest Instagram post is anything to go by, however, Celtic and Burnley’s single target still sees their future at Anfield.

While Kabak is now expected to return to Schalke without Liverpool exercising their £ 18million clause, it looks like there are fewer obstacles to a first-team place next season for Davies.

The reality, however, is that the competition will only get tougher.

Liverpool’s pursuit of Ibrahima Konate from RB Leipzig is expected to intensify significantly when the European Under-21 Championships conclude in early June.

The Reds have made Konate their No.1 target this summer and want to exercise his around £ 40million buyout clause.

As interest in Konate intensifies, it increases the chances that Davies will be less likely to be successful at Liverpool in the long run.

And with Virgil van Dijk, Joe Gomez and Joel Matip all aiming to set up some sort of preseason schedule, Klopp’s options are about to bloom.

For now, at least, Davies is focused on completing his rehab and returning for preseason training in mid-July.

He hopes the second act of his Liverpool career will be less unusual.


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