For Ben Davies, the international break could not have come at a better time. He will be desperate to work closer under Jurgen Klopp during the two-week lay-off from club football.
Nearly two months after his winter deadline-day signing from Preston North End was confirmed, he is still no closer to making his inaugural Liverpool appearance.
So, a fortnight away from the microscopic view of the media will be a great opportunity for Davies to get his head down and solely focus on his football.
Still waiting for his chance
Admittedly, injuries haven’t helped Davies, either, whose imminent Liverpool future appears to be in a precarious position.
For one, he hasn’t been listed in the squad since the Reds were taking down at Anfield last month during a 2-0 defeat against Everton.
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Also, with Ozan Kabak and Nathaniel Phillips currently blossoming together at the back, Davies faces a difficult of task of trying to break the defensive dynamic at Anfield.
Kabak and Phillips are still yet to concede, after all, since the pair were partnered together at Bramall Lane at the back end of last month.
Still, this is why a break from competitive action can only have a positive effect on Davies, who still has a long way to earn the manager’s trust.
Klopp, after all, warned last Saturday that the 25-year-old isn’t quite yet up to speed, and until the manager has seen enough evidence that Davies is improving, he simply won’t play.
“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.”
The Andy Robertson comparison is interesting, to say the least.
During the Scotsman’s debut season at Anfield in 2017/18, he failed to hold down a place in the team during the first few months of his Liverpool tenure.
In fact, he had started just two Premier League matches by the time the third international break rolled into town back in November 2017.
However, Klopp clearly saw something of Robertson during those two weeks away from competitive action to convince him that he was due an opportunity to showcase his talent.
Robertson was given his chance away at Brighton two weeks later, and it’s fair to say, he hasn’t looked back since.
So, the fact Klopp has compared Davies’ situation to Robertson showcases that the Liverpool boss clearly sees something in the defender. He perhaps just needs some more time to mould his qualities to befit the team’s brand of football.
While Davies doesn’t have the same luxury of time as Robertson, Klopp has reiterated that the Englishman was signed with a long-term view.
His chance, then, may not even come this season, but we have to assume that Davies won’t be dismissed until he is given a fair opportunity to lay down his claim.
With nine Premier League matches still remaining, hopefully, there will be at least one fixture where Klopp deems it necessary to take a punt on Davies.
These two weeks, then, could be crucial in Davies speeding up the adapting process of his Liverpool tenure.