Who is Ben Davies? Liverpool’s new centre-back is a versatile and modern ball-playing defender

Davies leaves Preston for Liverpool

A brush with celebrity

Davies’ move to Anfield will require a step up in his social media game. The defender has made just 93 Instagram posts in just over six years and 110 Tweets in nine years. Meeting former England cricketer-turned-TV celebrity Andrew Flintoff after a 2015 pre-season friendly at Ashington appears to be a highlight.

More loans

Limited chances at Deepdale in the first half of the next two seasons saw Davies farmed out on loan for two Januarys in succession, making 19 and 22 appearances for Newport and Fleetwood respectively, before a return to Preston saw his career take off under manager Alex Neil, playing 35 times in 2017-18 and making 41 appearances in 2018-19 as he won the club’s Player of the Year award.

Style of play

Davies is accomplished on the ball and being naturally left-sided is also more than capable of filling in at left-back. That alongside his age profile, low cost and availability make him the perfect addition for Klopp’s injury-ravaged back-line.

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