Preston defender Ben Davies is expected to complete a move to Liverpool today, according to several sources, including Fabrizio Romano.
Davies had previously been heavily linked with Celtic in recent days, and looked set to sign for the Scottish champions.
However, following Joel Matip’s injury sustained at Tottenham on Thursday, Jurgen Klopp’s men have swooped in at the last minute as they look for cover in the central defensive department due to long-term injuries suffered to both Virgil Van Dijk and Joe Gomez.
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Klopp has been forced into playing both Fabinho and captain Jordan Henderson at the heart of the Reds defence in recent weeks, but Davies now looks set to solve some of Liverpool’s problems by sealing a dream move to Anfield before tonight’s deadline.
Davies, a product of Preston’s Academy, has made more than 150 appearances for the Lilywhites, has been an outstanding servant for the Deepdale outfit, but is now on the verge of joining Liverpool, just hours after he was expected to sign for Neil Lennon’s Celtic.
Here’s how the Preston faithful have been reacting to Davies’ imminent transfer to the Premier League champions:
— Pete Burns 🌐 (@TheFootyTog) January 31, 2021
Go on Ben Davies, go do us proud 👏🏼
What a fantastic opportunity, and it’s so nice seeing so much positivity from PNE fans. Just shows the respect he has earnt over the years.
Just hope he comes back in a few years and finishes his career with us. 💙 @pnefc @BenDavies1108 @LFC
— sammmmxx (@sammmmxx1) January 31, 2021
Ben Davies sir, you deserve everything coming your way. All the best for the future 👏 #pnefc
— Michael Mountford (@mjm201187) January 31, 2021
— Mosh (@Mo5chino) January 31, 2021
Ben Davies, what a servant you have been to this club. Such a brilliant defender after working so hard at it. You will be missed, but we wish you all the best on such a huge move, go and smash it lad #pnefc pic.twitter.com/h4qjU5xyer
— jayden (@jayshallcross1) January 31, 2021
A very strange feeling.
Ben Davies has been excellent. I saw his debut and have watched him ever since.
Normally feel bitter when a player leaves, but I'm excited for him.
Hope he smashes it. Seems like a good egg.
Hope he remembers us too!
— simo7pne (@simo7pne) January 31, 2021
— Matthew Tallentire (@PNElife) January 31, 2021
— haidee (@haideee8) January 31, 2021
Ben Davies is a class act. I’d be proud as anything as a PNE season ticket supporter to see him at LFC#pnefc
— ANDREW WILSON (@andywilsonpne) January 31, 2021
— Matty Scott (@matty7scott) January 31, 2021