Liverpool fans have inadvertently pointed out why Celtic target Ben Davies needs to leave

By Euan Davidson

July 9, 2021

Despite reports this morning linking Liverpool man Ben Davies to Celtic, the defender has been named in the Reds’ pre-season squad.

Liverpool announced Jurgen Klopp’s training squad this morning [LFC]. It’s hardly surprising that January signing Ben Davies was listed, but some Reds fans are having difficulty remembering him.

The 25-year-old former Preston North End man hasn’t seen a minute of action under Klopp since joining for a potential £1.6m on Transfer Deadline Day [Sky Sports]. As such, the Daily Mail reported this morning that the “unsettled” defender was the subject of loan interest from Celtic and Bournemouth.

The reaction on Twitter has shown exactly why Ben Davies needs a move. He’s become a forgotten man at Anfield, a fourth-choice centre back at best behind the likes of Joel Matip, Virgil van Dijk and Joe Gomez. With Ibrahim Kounaté joining, and van Dijk to return from injury, his chances of a starting spot in front of the Kop look to be diminishing.

Yet, Davies could’ve been playing week-in, week-out in the Hoops. Celtic were left “gutted” [The Athletic] when an unlikely raid from Liverpool meant the centre-back was swiped from under our noses.

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It did mean, however, that Stephen Welsh was able to make his mark in the Green and White. He’s since become something of a regular. The Scottish defender signed a new 4-year contract in April [Celtic FC].

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Liverpool fans unintentionally lay out case for Celtic signing Ben Davies

The reaction to Ben Davies being named in Liverpool’s pre-season squad have been swift. Seemingly, Liverpool fans either forgot he existed, or want to see him play.

A pretty grim assessment of Ben Davies’ time at Liverpool, then.

So, it makes utter sense that Celtic would look to exploit the situation. A player they were after is getting zero game time, and could help us out immediately. It seems a no-brainer.

There will be concern about Celtic re-treading old ground. However, Celtic making up for past blunders, as well as adding new names, might be the best thing for all parties here.

Certainly, he’d make more of an impression at Celtic Park than he has at Anfield, through no fault of his own.

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