Most of Liverpool’s problems during this tough winter period has been due to their defensive injuries. Such is the luck of Jurgen Klopp and his men that all three first-choice defenders are out with respective injuries.
First, it was their main stalwart Virgil Van Dijk who was sidelined. After a horrid challenge from Everton’s goalkeeper Jordan Pickford in the Merseyside derby, Van Dijk was kept out. An anterior cruciate ligament tear is a tough injury to recover from.
Next in like was English international Joe Gomez and then Cameroonian international Joel Matip. Although Joel Matip returned for a brief period of time, he again had to substitute in the first half against Tottenham Hotspur.
However, it needs to be said that Liverpool have done a good job to minimise the damage. Youngsters like Rhys Williams and Nathaniel Philips have stepped up big time. Moreover, James Milner filled in for Trent Alexander-Arnold.
Now that the forward line is clicking once again, there’s less need to be worried. A comprehensive performance against Tottenham Hotspur and West Ham United signify that Jurgen Klopp’s team us reinvigorated.
Now they are looking to capitalise on the January transfer window. Preston central defender Ben Davies and Turkish international Ozan Kabak is at the top of the priority list.
Ben Davies to Liverpool is confirmed:
According to popular transfer window spokesman Fabrizio Romano, the news is one hundred percent confirmed and true. The personal terms, as well as the agreement with the respective clubs, have been reached.
Former Arsenal defender Shkodran Mustafi is also on Liverpool’s radar. David Carmo’s agents have also been contacted about a potential move to Anfield but that isn’t confirmed yet.
Ben Davies is a great prospect for Liverpool. The youngster is extremely fast and has a great left foot. For Preston in the Championship, he’s been very good. But the Premier League is a whole different challenge.
The physicality, as well as the extra pace, will take some time to adjust. But Ben Davies is definitely a player who can be one to look out for in the future for the Reds. His contract was over in the summer and there were talks about him going to Celtic.
However, a move to Anfield will be great for experience. It’s doubtful if he will start in front of the likes of Nathaniel Philips who’s playing well. Additionally, there’s Rhys Williams as well who’s a club prospect in the making.
Plus once Virgil Van Dijk, Joe Gomez, and Joel Matip- none of the youngsters will get regular first time action. The experience is a big takeaway for Ben Davies. Even if he’s on the bench, he will be learning a lot in his time at the club.