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Ex-Preston trio stunned after Graham Westley's comments on Ben Davies to Liverpool

Ben Davies has made headlines over the last week having completed a stunning move to Liverpool.

Preston struck a deal to sell Davies to Liverpool on deadline day last week, securing £1.6million and a sell-on clause for the defender.

Sepp van den Berg also came in on loan from the Reds, with Davies handed a dream move to the Premier League just moments before he was about to join Celtic.

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Davies was going to sign a pre-contract agreement with the Bhoys, but Liverpool came calling at the last minute, and the rest is history.

The 25-year-old was on the bench against Brighton last week but was left out of the squad to face Manchester City on Sunday.

That points to Davies certainly being a backup option for Jurgen Klopp rather than a potential starter to solve their defensive problems, as many suggested after the move.

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Pundits and former managers have had their say on Davies, and wouldn’t you just know it, Graham Westley has now joined in.

Westley isn’t exactly the most popular Preston manager of all time… in fact, he may even be the least popular.

Westley’s year in charge of Preston between 2012 and 2013 was a disaster, overhauling the squad with little success, alienating veteran players and speaking in what can only be described as ‘David Brent-isms’.

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Now, Westley has had his say on Davies. Yes, Westley gave Davies his senior and league debut, but most fans would say the defender’s success is down to Alex Neil developing him brilliantly.

Westley has though tried to claim some credit, telling The Athletic that he immediately knew that Davies would be a star and he wanted to gamble on him as a teenager.

The comments have sparked howls of derision from those at Preston at the time; former youth coach Jamie Hoyland laughed off Westley’s claims that he wanted to play youth, pointing to Reece James being released.

Sunderland’s Conor McLaughlin – another homegrown player let go under Westley – was simlarly amused, whilst ex-North End striker Iain Hume insinuated Westley is a clown for his comments about the new Liverpool man.

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