Ben Davies is unlikely to have any regrets about choosing to sign for Liverpool instead of Celtic in the winter transfer window, despite a difficult start at Anfield.
Davies was hours away from completing a pre-contract agreement with Celtic as deadline day approached, only to be blown out of the water by Jurgen Klopp’s side.
For a 25-year-old Englishman, who has only ever played in the lower leagues, it was a dream come true. It’s perfectly understandable why he would pursue that option.
However, there’s a reality behind that dream. He’s unlikely to ever be a regular at Liverpool. In fact, it’s debatable at this stage whether he’ll ever play at all for the Reds.
He was left out of their match squad again tonight for the Premier League fixture against Chelsea.
The defender has yet to make his debut at the club and is fully living up to his billing as a signing for cover first and foremost. Even amid injuries, Klopp hasn’t turned to the former Preston man.
And that’s where Celtic can benefit. As Liverpool get Virgil van Dijk back up to speed later this year and consider strengthening the defensive positions, Davies’ chance of a game at Anfield is only going to become more and more difficult.
Where better to play on loan for the season than at the club that was ready to commit to a multi-year contract?
Davies is likely to have plenty of options this summer, merely by association with the reigning English champions.
However, Celtic clearly have a relationship there with his representatives and we could steal a march on transfer rivals.
It’s not like he’s going to be lacking for first-team football at Celtic either.
The Bhoys are in dire need for a central defender with Christopher Jullien out injured until well into next season, Shane Duffy on his way back to Brighton and Kristoffer Ajer potentially destined for a major sale.
Rejuvenating the Davies interest may be just what we need while assessing the long-term future of the position.