Official: Liverpool sign Ben Davies from Preston North End

Liverpool officially sign Ben Davies from Preston North End, according to reports. The Reds have their centre-back.

Liverpool sign Ben Davies from Preston North End, per their official club site.

The Liverpool Echo believes the initial fee on this one is just £500k, with add-ons taking it closer to £2m.

Preston were open to sale because they could have lost him for nothing at the end of the season, given his expiring contract.

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Well, not one we’d have predicted even a few days ago – let alone a year ago.

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But Davies arrives with a lot of promise. He’s not a young player at 25, with several years of experience in the Championship.

That immediately makes him a more reliable option than Rhys Williams and Nat Phillips – an upgrade there, then.

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Liverpool also get him on a complete steal. Davies’ contract expired at the end of the season and the Reds swoop in to sign him for a pittance.

This one just feels incredibly low-risk, then.

He arrives as a left-footed centre-back, too, and becomes the only one at Liverpool. That carves out an interesting niche on its own.

All in all, we’re quite excited about this one. He’s still a 25-year-old centre-back from the Championship, which isn’t the most exciting signing of all time, but he ticks some boxes.

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Overall, Liverpool just desperately needed someone to come in as cover. Virgil van Dijk and Joe Gomez are out long-term. Fabinho and Joel Matip are both out for now, too.

Jurgen Klopp doesn’t have any centre-backs who had consistently played at a good level before this season. Davies fixes that right away, even if it’s not the absolute top level.

For that alone, this one gets a big thumbs up from us.

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