The season is nearly over, and we still haven’t seen Ben Davies turn out for Liverpool.
There’s no enjoyment in that from Preston fans. Almost the entire fanbase was proud of Davies when he earned his February move to Anfield; it’s not often you see homegrown North End talents get that kind of opportunity.
Sadly, Davies hasn’t yet made his Liverpool debut. More than three months on from his move, Davies has yet to kick a ball in a senior game for the Reds.
Tonight, Liverpool make the short trip to take on Manchester United at Old Trafford, and it doesn’t look like Davies will be included.
He wasn’t in the squad to face Southampton on Saturday, seemingly with another injury ruling him out according to the Liverpool Echo.
Ironically though, Preston-born Rhys Williams is in line to play – and looks to be ahead of Davies in the pecking order even when Davies is fit.
Jurgen Klopp confirmed on Wednesday that Williams is likely to start at Old Trafford alongside Nathaniel Phillips, with the likes of Virgil van Dijk, Joe Gomez, Joel Matip and Ozan Kabak still out.
Williams is five years younger than Davies, but seems to be ahead of him at Liverpool. Maybe Davies’s chance will come next season and he just needs to be patient, but there are already rumours suggesting he could be sold this summer.
Both Davies and Williams are intrinsically tied to Preston. Davies having been developed at North End, Williams having been born in our fine city.
That these two players are in the mix at Liverpool is astonishing, but it looks like Williams’ prospects at Anfield look a little brighter than Davies’s as things stand.