Another Liverpool game, another snub for Ben Davies.
The Reds took on Newcastle United on Saturday afternoon, and drew 1-1 as a late Joe Willock goal cancelled out Mohamed Salah’s opener.
Preston fans were left baffled once again before the game even kicked off, as defender Davies wasn’t even on the bench.
Nathaniel Phillips was out of action, and yet still Davies wasn’t given a chance or even a spot with the substitutes.
This has been a common theme since Davies joined Liverpool in a £1.8million deal from North End on deadline in February.
Preston settled for a fairly low fee with Davies inside the final six months of his contract, but added a key 20% sell-on clause to make sure they got more money in the future.
That was important, especially after The Athletic reported that Liverpool were considering flipping for Davies for a quick profit this summer.
The problem is that Davies isn’t playing. He hasn’t played a single minute since his move to Anfield, and that’s costing North End money.
Liverpool have been great at selling players for money far beyond their value; Jordon Ibe, Dominic Solanke and Rhian Brewster all spring to mind.
Yet Davies is 25; older than those players when they went, so they can’t even ramp up the asking price on the basis of his potential.
Without first-team football, it’s hard to imagine that Liverpool will be able to command a big profit on what they paid North End in February, and therefore limits the sell-on value.
Far from ideal for Preston, who would love to see Davies excel at Anfield both out of pride and for cash reasons.