Ben Davies completed a transfer from Preston North End to Liverpool on Monday. But the deal itself isn’t the only good that came out of it.
Liverpool needed defensive cover. Virgil van Dijk and Joe Gomez are out for the season and now Joel Matip joins them.
No wonder, then, they went into the January window late on to sign a couple of players. Ozan Kabak arrives on loan but Liverpool also completed a permanent transfer for Ben Davies.
Davies immediately offers decent cover at the back and that’s worthy of celebration. Hopefully, he can step up a level and prove to be a very shrewd signing.
In truth, Liverpool stand to profit no matter what.
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But that deal had another consequence that bodes well for the Reds.
Preston lost a key centre-back and thus needed cover themselves. One player they have brought in is Sepp van den Berg on loan from Liverpool.
Van den Berg will now play there on loan for the rest of the season. It’s exactly what he needed.
The 19-year-old has talent but just never gets senior football. That will hamper his development, especially as he was getting it in the Eredivisie when Liverpool signed him.
Now, Van den Berg can get back to playing at senior level which, hopefully, kicks him on quickly. Of course, he needs to break into their starting XI first.
We’ve seen Harvey Elliott thrive in the Championship this season, while both Harry Wilson and Sheyi Ojo have played well.
Elliott, though, has seen rapid development. If Van den Berg can do anything similar, Liverpool have a player on their hands.
Because the Dutchman has the natural ability – he just needs to learn. This is a fantastic opportunity to do just that and it all came about because Liverpool signed Davies.