When Liverpool signed Ben Davies on transfer deadline day last month, Preston supporters were probably more excited than the Reds fanbase.
Davies had come up through the Preston ranks and been a key part of Alex Neil’s side, so nobody could really begrudge him a dream move to Anfield.
So far though, the 25-year-old has yet to even make his Liverpool debut, leaving some fans baffled as to why Jurgen Klopp hasn’t yet picked him.
Now, Klopp has explained to the Liverpool Echo that Davies is still adapting to life at Anfield and has had to deal with injuries, stunting his early development with Liverpool.
Klopp did though add that Davies could be somewhat similar to Andrew Robertson, in that he requires time to adjust before becoming a regular at Anfield,
“Ben Davies had a test to adapt, it was always clear – a lot of players came here to Liverpool and the most famous story is maybe Andy Robertson,” said Klopp. “It took him half a year in a normal season to settle in. Ben is a really good player but he has to get used to all the stuff here as well. What we have now is options and hopefully it will stay like this.”
“I don’t make these kind of judgments. It will take as long as it takes. The problem was it was clear we will not start with two new centre-halves if we don’t have to because of the situation, and the position. It is really important that the boys in the last line are used to each other.
“That’s why we always try to make it as consistent as possible. A lot of things disturbed that process but now it is ok. Ben will play when he will play. That’s how it is,” he added
The problem is that exit rumours are already surrounding Davies, with The Athletic claiming that the defender hasn’t impressed all that much in training so far.
They claim that some Liverpool sources think the Reds just seized a chance to sign Davies for a bargain fee before flipping him for a profit this summer.
These aren’t great signs for Davies, but he surely at least deserves a chance at Anfield rather than being lined up for a summer exit already.