Ben Davies wants to assess his chances at Liverpool in 2022, according to reports. The 26-year-old is currently on loan with Sheffield United.
This comes from Nathan Hemmingham of Yorkshire Live. He told the Liverpool Echo’s Blood Red podcast that Ben Davies has plans for 2022.
“In the summer he wants to go back to Liverpool to see if the door is open,” says Hemmingham. “Because you don’t know what happens.
“He wants to have a good pre-season with Liverpool. See where the land lies, and see if he can try and impress the manager, Jurgen Klopp.”
Davies is on loan with Sheffield United in the Championship this season. The centre-back joined Liverpool from Preston North End back in February but failed to make a single appearance for the Reds.
They were clearly quite happy to send him elsewhere for this season, resulting in the Blades taking a chance on him.
Ben Davies in 2022
It feels highly unlikely that the ‘door will be open’ at the end of the season. It would take a bizarre turn of events for Davies to see an opening, anyway.
There are currently five centre-backs ahead of the 26-year-old right now – three of whom are younger than him. Virgil van Dijk, Joel Matip, Joe Gomez, Ibrahima Konate and Nat Phillips all remain with Liverpool and split games between them.
But Davies should pay particular attention to Phillips. The defender may be with the Reds but he’s yet to play for the first-team this season. We really don’t see how Phillips will carve out a future for himself.
So if Davies is behind Phillips, it’s very difficult to see how he’ll get in the mix. Rhys Williams will return from his loan with Swansea City, too, and is considerably younger than Davies – we imagine Liverpool would prefer to invest in him.
But there is the other side of it all. An injury crisis tore through Liverpool’s defence last season, creating opportunities for Phillips and Williams. It’s happened before, so it could happen again.
We can’t blame Davies for holding onto hope, then.