Liverpool set to seal Ben Davies transfer from Preston

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Preston North End centre-back Ben Davies is poised to be the answer to Jurgen Klopp’s defensive crisis at Anfield.

The 25-year-old defender was initially expected to run down his contract and join Celtic in the summer.

An initial enquiry last Thursday developed into serious discussions on Sunday when Liverpool sporting director Michael Edwards made his move. The deal is a reported £2m with the Red’s Under-23s centre-back Sepp van den Berg heading in the opposite direction on loan for the remainder of the season.

Liverpool are currently without Virgil van Dijk, Joe Gomez and Joel Matip. Even Fabinho, who has impressed as a makeshift centre-back in recent months, is currently sidelined.

Davies, who was the Preston player of the year in 2019, came through Preston’s youth set-up and has had spells on loan with York, Tranmere, Southport and Fleetwood. He has made 19 appearances for Preston this season.

The move, pending on the result of a medical, should lighten Klopp’s selection headache and potentially allow Liverpool captain, Jordan Henderson to move back to his natural position in the heart of the Red’s midfield.

For Preston though, the move will be the fifth player to exit Deepdale this January with Darnell Fisher and Ben Pearson leaving permanently to Championship rivals Middlesbrough and Bournemouth respectively. Josh Harrop, Jayden Stockley and Ethan Walker have all departed to gain experience on loan.

The Lilywhites are six points off the play-off positions in 11th and are hoping to get back to winning ways against Rotherham on Saturday after an away defeat to Sheffield Wednesday at the weekend.