Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp discusses Ben Davies situation after failed Celtic pursuit

By David Walton

March 14, 2021

Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp has been discussing the Ben Davies situation after Celtic failed to sign him in January.

Davies secured a move to Anfield after it had previously been reported that the Hoops had tied him down on a pre-contract [Sky Sports]. In the end, Neil Lennon missed out on what appeared to be his top transfer target for the winter window.

Since then, however, it hasn’t all been all fairytales and height-hitting for Davies. He’s yet to make a single appearance for Klopp’s side, and has only managed four matchday squads. That’s despite the defensive injury crisis the Anfield club have experienced this season.

Yet even though Davies looks like he’ll be extremely out-of-favour when the likes of Virgil van Dijk and Joel Matip return, Klopp appears determined to keep him at Anfield regardless.

“What we have now is options”

As quoted by the Liverpool Echo, Klopp said: “Ben Davies had a test to adapt, it was always clear – a lot of players came here to Liverpool and the most famous story is maybe Andy Robertson. It took him half a year in a normal season to settle in. Ben is a really good player but he has to get used to all the stuff here as well. What we have now is options and hopefully it will stay like this.

“I don’t make these kind of judgments (whether fans will see much of him). It will take as long as it takes. The problem was it was clear we will not start with two new centre-halves if we don’t have to because of the situation, and the position. It is really important that the boys in the last line are used to each other.

“That’s why we always try to make it as consistent as possible. A lot of things distrubed that process but now it is ok. Ben will play when he will play. That’s how it is.”

Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp clearly wants to keep Davies at Anfield

So it looks as though Klopp has laid the situation out very clearly. He wants Davies at Anfield for the long-term both to ensure he has options and so that he can get used to his new surroundings.

That’s fair to an extent. It often takes new signings, particularly January signings, a few months to settle in. That’s why we as Celtic fans are always asking for January work to be done ahead of the summer’s Champions League qualifiers.

However, Davies has to think of his own career. Klopp was extremely non-committal when it came to giving him game-time. Yet Liverpool have both an injury crisis and are on a horrendous run of form that sees them down in eighth.

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

Davies has been overlooked by a loan signing and a midfielder at times when it comes to Klopp’s centre-back decisions. In recent times, 67HailHail has called for Celtic to make a summer move to bring Davies to Parkhead on loan.

But Klopp appears willing to play the waiting game here. Whether he’s truly waiting for Davies to break through is anyone’s guess. It could just be the case that he sees Davies as decent enough to have around the place. He may not expect the ex-Preston centre-back to ever become a regular.

In any case, a move for Davies looks unlikely. With the Englishman still bedding in at Anfield, the Liverpool boss sounds as though his main priority is to keep Davies around.

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