Jurgen Klopp makes honest admission over Ben Davies signing
Jurgen Klopp has talked up the ability of new Liverpool signing Ben Davies, but frankly suggested that it would’ve been ‘unlikely’ for the club to bring in a player from the likes of Preston in more ‘normal’ circumstances.
The Reds completed a £1.6million deal to recruit the centre-back from the Championship on deadline day after suffering an injury crisis in defence this season.
Virgil van Dijk and Joe Gomez are still likely to miss the majority of the season after picking up serious knee injuries earlier in the campaign.
Joel Matip has also struggled with multiple fitness issues, meaning midfielders Fabinho and Jordan Henderson, as well as inexperienced duo Nat Phillips and Rhys Williams, have all had to fill in at the heart of Liverpool’s defence.
The Reds looked unlikely to bring in a centre-back for the majority of the January transfer window, with Klopp citing the financial implications of the coronavirus crisis as a stumbling block.
But on deadline day, the Merseyside club signed Davies, and have agreed a deal to bring in Ozan Kabak from Schalke on loan.
Discussing the arrival of Davies from Preston, Klopp admitted the transfer may not have happened in a ‘normal transfer window’, however, the Reds boss was effusive in praise of the 25-year-old defender’s ability.
‘What I like about Ben is it just shows that each situation creates opportunities,’ Klopp told the club’s official website.
‘I think it’s probably clear that in a normal transfer window, without any issues, we would not look at Preston if there’s a player for us or something like that. It’s not really likely.
‘But since we saw him and since our situation got clearer and clearer – the problems we had – when we saw him we got really excited about it and thought, ‘Wow.’ He’s a boy who played his whole life for Preston, is around the corner pretty much.
‘We see the potential really. We see the quality and we see the potential as well because he’s 25 and there’s a lot to come for him. I love a lot about his play. He’s a really good footballer, looks like a proper leader in this Preston team, good in challenges, looks football smart, can play different positions because he played in a back three and a back four and all these things.
‘That makes him really interesting so I’m really looking forward to working with him. I know for him it’s an opportunity and I see it exactly the same for us, that it’s a really good thing to do.’
‘It can be a wonderful story and it’s all about Ben and me to make sure this story will be really great,’ he added.
‘And we believe 100 per cent in development. I’m sure he wants to learn still, we are ready to teach still, to coach still. I’m really looking forward to meeting him.’
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