Liverpool insider James Pearce has provided an update on the future of defender Ben Davies at the club.
Liverpool went through something of an injury crisis last season, particularly at centre back, and one of the players brought in to try and rectify the problem was Davies, who they bought from Championship side Preston North End for a reported £1.6m fee.
However, he didn’t see any action for the first team during his first few months at Anfield, only making it as far as the bench on a few occasions. But with the club’s injury worries more or less gone for the time being with Joe Gomez and Virgil van Dijk both on the mend, as well as the arrival of Ibrahima Konaté, his chances of seeing some action could be decreasing further and further.
But even though his chances might look rather slim, speaking about the matter on the 1892 Reds Podcast, Pearce claimed that the plan is to keep Davies around for the time being:
“We didn’t see him in a Liverpool shirt at all after his move from Preston. But, my information at the moment is that he’s not going anywhere, that the plan is to keep him on board for the full pre-season.”
TIF Thoughts on James Pearce’s comments about Ben Davies at Liverpool…
Will Ben Davies be a success at Liverpool?
It’s interesting that Pearce mentions he is set to be here for pre-season, because it sounds as if he is going to be given the chance to improve himself, but it does sound like a rather fruitless exercise.
Barring another disastrous raft of injuries, it’s hard to see where he’s going to get regular opportunities. He may get the odd game here or there in the cup competitions, but at 25, surely he’d want to be doing more than that?
Whilst it shouldn’t really bother Liverpool – they’ve got an extra body at their disposal for a relatively small fee – for Davies, the outlook might not look so bright, and hopefully he’ll be given a chance to prove himself away from the squad, perhaps in a loan deal rather than just sitting in the shadows.