Liverpool can essentially guarantee a profit on Ben Davies this summer. That’s even if the defender never kicks a ball for the Reds.
Ben Davies certainly wasn’t a long-term transfer target for Liverpool. The 25-year-old came from midtable Championship side Preston North End and without a remarkable reptutation.
But Liverpool needed defensive cover after Joel Matip was ruled out for the season. He joined Virgil van Dijk and Joe Gomez on the sidelines.
Davies was a relatively experienced option, given he’d played centre-back for years at senior level. That’s more than anyone else could say.
And the fee was dirt cheap, too – Liverpool paid just £1.6m for Davies. It might not even reach that, in fact, as £1.1m are add-ons.
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But while the Davies signing made sense, the Reds are yet to get anything out of it. The player hasn’t kicked a ball for them and there’s a growing concern that he may never do so.
Both Nat Phillips and Ozan Kabak are clearly ahead of him in the pecking order. Rhys Williams might be, too, given his recent appearance.
So a waste of money for Liverpool? We don’t think so. The Reds are almost guaranteed profit on Davies this summer.
Liverpool got Davies so cheap thanks to his expiring contract. Preston effectively gave him away for anything they could, given they would soon receive nothing for his departure.
Davies, then, is worth far more than £500k. He’s got years of Championship experience and a decent reputation.
In fact, that reputation will only increase. For one, more eyes are on Davies than before.
But he’ll also have six months working under Jurgen Klopp by the summer. Teams will expect a better, more knowledgeable player.
Again, it’s something that pushes his potential value up. Liverpool can do nothing from here, not use him once, and still recoup well over £500k from another team.
While Davies may never prove to be the first-team saviour he seemed, it’s still a transfer that can’t fail.