Liverpool now want to sell Ben Davies permanently, according to reports. The Reds admit it might be difficult, however.
This comes from the Daily Mail’s David Lynch. He claims Liverpool are ‘keen’ to sell Ben Davies permanently.
However, the Reds also believe a loan is more likely. Sheffield United are interested, as Lynch says.
Manager Slavisa Jokanovic admitted as much on Thursday, confirming the Blades’ interest in Davies. Now they’ve just got to convince Liverpool.
Liverpool to sell Ben Davies?
This appears to be yet another u-turn on Davies. The Mirror initially reported that Liverpool wanted to keep him around this season.
Then Goal suggested they’d had a change of mind and would look to loan him out. Now they’re after a permanent sale.
All we can really say is that a sale makes sense but a loan does too. Keeping Davies around makes next to no sense, however.
He’d be behind Virgil van Dijk, Joe Gomez, Joel Matip, Ibrahima Konate and Nat Phillips as things stand. Probably behind Rhys Williams, too.
Is that really a decent position for a 25-year-old? Seventh choice at Liverpool – we’re not sure he’d ever make that debut.
Selling him seems reasonably smart, assuming Liverpool can comfortably make a profit on him. We imagine they can as they signed him with six months left on his Preston contract.
But as we recently wrote, a loan deal could be the smart play here. Davies’ reputation is at a low, given he hasn’t played since joining Liverpool on February 1st.
Loaning him out for a year, growing his reputation back up and then selling for a profit would surely be sensible. We do understand if Liverpool simply want to move on, however.
Regardless of anything, this is going to go down as one of the strangest moves in the club’s history. They brought in a player, never used him, and then moved him on within a year.
We can only hope it works out for everyone in the end.