Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp is frustrated with how Ben Davies‘ career at Anfield has gone.
That’s according to the Liverpool Echo, who claim that Klopp is ‘disappointed’ that the 26-year-old is set to leave the club.
Liverpool have reportedly agreed a £4m fee to sell Davies to Rangers. Although The Reds are said to be in-line to earn nine times what they paid for the centre-back, it’s claimed that there’s some frustration at letting him go.
Davies never managed a full senior appearance for Liverpool. Despite that, the Echo cite ‘Anfield sources’ as stressing the Cumbrian’s ‘impressive’ professionalism throughout his two-and-a-half year stay.
The Rangers move was reportedly seen by Liverpool as being too good an opportunity for Davies to miss. As a result, it looks like a good deal for everyone.
Davies heads to Scotland to rebuild career
It’s funny how things can change in football. When Liverpool signed Davies in January 2020, Rangers’ eternal rivals Celtic were reportedly close to signing him.
The defender will now get his move to Glasgow, but on the other side of the tracks.
The move also comes by way of a 30 month detour at Liverpool and Sheffield United. Had Davies been impressing in Scotland for the last two years, maybe he would have been ready for a big move this summer.
Instead, he heads North of the border having to rebuild a career that was just taking off.
It’s unfortunate to see a player’s career stagnate at Liverpool. The truth of the matter is that Davies was probably never quite good enough for The Reds.
The only solace comes from the fact that rather than heading out for another loan, the player is now able to fully put this chapter behind him.
It isn’t a surprise to hear of disappointment from Klopp. He isn’t the kind of manager to make new signings for the sake of it, and he would have had a plan for Davies at Anfield.
Unfortunately, that plan never came to fruition. Hopefully Davies can use the experience of being in-and-around top players and be a success at Rangers. All the best, Ben!