Preston completed six deals on transfer deadline day, with Ben Davies joining Liverpool by far the biggest move.

In came Liam Lindsay, Sepp van den Berg and Anthony Gordon all on loan deals, whilst Josh Earl and David Nugent left on loan.

The only permanent transfer came with Davies joining Liverpool in a deal that few could have seen coming a week ago.

The 25-year-old was expected to move on soon, but a pre-contract agreement with Celtic and seeing out the season at Preston seemed most likely.


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Instead, Liverpool swooped to strike a deal on Sunday, paying £1.6million plus a 20% sell-on clause to get a last-gasp deal done.

Davies now has the opportunity of a lifetime. He has been with Preston since the age of 11, and now heads to join the Premier League champions in a staggering deal.

Some are confused, but Preston fans aren’t; they know Davies is quick, elegant, outstanding on the ball, reads the game well and is ready for the Premier League.

A move to Anfield is still something of a shock, but Davies is a quality centre back – and few will know that better than Patrick Bauer.

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The German emerged as Davies’s main centre back partner last season and until Bauer suffered a season-ending injury back in December.

They worked brilliantly in tandem together; Bauer is tall, powerful and aerially dominant, with Davies offering pace on the cover.

On Monday, Bauer took to Twitter to admit that he is ‘sad’ to see Davies go, adding that it has been a complete pleasure to play alongside Davies at Preston as he offered an emotional farewell to the defender.

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