Celtic January target Ben Davies to reportedly suffer another Liverpool setback

By David Walton

March 29, 2021

Celtic January target Ben Davies look set to reportedly suffer yet another setback at Liverpool.

It’s been reported by the Daily Mail that Jurgen Klopp is closing in on a deal to sign RB Leipzig centre-back Ibrahima Konate for a mammoth £33million.

The Mail also states that, even if the deal doesn’t go through, Liverpool have a list of candidates they’re looking at. It comes after Davies was snatched from under Celtic’s noses in January yet has still to play a single minute of action [Sky Sports].

Considering Konate wouldn’t arrive until the summer, it pollutes the centre-back options. Klopp would have Virgil van Dijk and Joe Gomez back from injury. Adding Konate into the mix, and it’s difficult to see where Davies gets his minutes. He hasn’t been getting a game without those three even available.

Earlier this month, Klopp explained the Davies situation. He stated that the former Preston defender wasn’t yet used to the club. The German tactician simply stated that he “will play when he will play” [Liverpool Echo].

Makes you wonder why Liverpool bothered signing the Celtic target

This is a deal that really does make you raise an eyebrow. It was bizarre as to how Liverpool’s interest in Davies only came at the last minute. After it looked as if Celtic had signed him. It was bizarre and not something you commonly see.

But Davies made his decision and ended up at Anfield. It was undoubtedly an opportunity that he couldn’t turn down. A chance to go from a mid-table Championship team to the Premier League champions? It was the stuff of dreams in truth.

Yet, the former Preston man isn’t exactly one for the future. Klopp talks about the player having to get used to things and being patient. But he’s 25. No, it’s not old and he’ll hope to at least have another decade in the game at least. But he’s at an age where he needs to be performing week-in, week-out.

Former Celtic target Ben Davies training with Liverpool / (Photo by Andrew Powell/Liverpool FC via Getty Images)

If he wasn’t getting a game during Liverpool’s well-known injury crisis at the back, what makes him believe he’ll get one next season? A few pre-season friendly outings looks like all he’s going to be getting. Some cup opportunities if he’s lucky. This was always the danger in jumping for one of the Premier League big guns.

Chances are, if he had signed at Celtic, he would’ve been in the team nearly every week. He would’ve been playing first-team football and likely considered a major part of next season’s rebuild. Celtic, even now, must be absolutely baffled by what on earth is going on with Davies’ situation.

In any case, it’s one we need to move on from. Unless, of course, a new manager feels the need to make a summer move.

In other news, an SPFL boss was left “delighted” after securing a deal for this Celtic talent.