Ben Davies has a timer on his Liverpool future. This comes after a warning from Jurgen Klopp.
It’s difficult to know what Liverpool future Ben Davies has. We haven’t actually seen him play, after all.
He arrived at the end of the transfer window as a much-needed defensive reinforcement but is yet to get out on the pitch. There are two good reasons for that, too.
The first is that Davies has suffered a couple of niggling injuries. But then, he’s a Liverpool centre-back – you’re going to get injured.
The other reason? He just hasn’t adapted yet. Jurgen Klopp warned on Saturday that these things take time and until Davies is up to speed, he can’t really play.
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“Ben Davies had a test to adapt, it was always clear,” he said, per the Liverpool Echo. “A lot of players came here to Liverpool and the most famous story is maybe Andy Robertson.
“It took him half a year in a normal season to settle in.”
Klopp is absolutely right to point that out. We didn’t really see Robertson until the December after he arrived. There’s a problem here, though – Davies can’t afford to wait that long.
Time ticks away
Robertson arrived in the summer and took nearly six months to adapt enough. Then he could show what he was capable of and the rest is history.
Davies does not have that luxury. If it takes him six months, the season is done. Then it’s difficult to see how he has a Liverpool future.
Virgil van Dijk, Joe Gomez and Joel Matip will all be back for the summer, after all. Then there’s Nat Phillips and Ozan Kabak – two players who are hoping to take a fourth centre-back spot in the squad.
Maybe Liverpool look to sign someone, too.
Suddenly, Davies, who arrived as backup, doesn’t really have a place. It’s hard to see how he’d possibly get minutes with all of that talent in front of him.
So if the 25-year-old isn’t playing with any regularity by the end of the campaign, we think that might be it for him at Liverpool. Short and not so sweet.
If Davies does want a future with Liverpool, he better adapt fast. Time is running out.