Date: 3rd February 2021 at 5:30pm
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New Liverpool signing Ben Davies’ former teammate and ex-Reds midfielder John Welsh has recently given his opinion about the defender’s move to Anfield.

Welsh was recently talking to The Redmen TV and he was asked about multiple things involving the former Preston defender. The former Preston man believes that Davies has the potential to do well for a club like Liverpool.

Davies was initially looking set to sign for Celtic on a pre-contract basis in the summer transfer window, but Liverpool agreed a £1.6m fee with Championship side Preston for the 25-year-old centre-back. On signing for the Reds, Davies made it clear that he hasn’t got his head around the move, as it happened very quickly.

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Welsh believes that while joining Liverpool would bring some pressure on Davies’ shoulders, he will take it in his stride. Davies is currently valued at £2.16m. The 37-year-old was asked whether he thinks that Davies can be a Liverpool player beyond 2021.

Welsh said: “Yeah, I think so. A lot of people have asked me, am I surprised? I’m surprised that he’s jumped as high as he has, to the champions and to the elevation that Liverpool are as a football club, but I’m not surprised that he’s taken the step into Premier League football. I think that was sort of expected from me for maybe the last two years, probably. I’m not sure why it’s been so late as now, but yeah, I think he’s definitely got the potential to do well. The attributes he has got lend itself to Liverpool’s system. It’s a massive jump and there will be pressure on him, but knowing Ben, he’ll take it in the stride.”

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TIF Thoughts on Welsh’s comments about Ben Davies…

Davies had been a regular for Preston over the years, as he made 145 appearances in all competitions for the club. It shows that he’s well accustomed to playing regular football, while he has been described as a ‘classy’ defender who is comfortable on the ball and knows how to start attacking moves from deeper positions.

As per WhoScored, Liverpool’s playing style includes playing possession football and controlling the game in the opposition’s half. Davies’ ability on the ball could suit that style of play. Because of that, this might just go down as a good move for the player and the club.