Preston North End defender Ben Davies is an “outstanding” player who has “looked like a Rolls Royce” in the Championship.
Ridsdale drools over Davies
Those were the words of Peter Ridsdale, an advisor to Preston’s owners, who has been speaking about the 25-year-old’s reported move to Liverpool before Monday’s 11 pm deadline.
Jurgen Klopp has found his Liverpool side in somewhat of a catastrophic injury crisis, with all three of his senior defensive options currently sidelined due to injury. Added to that, Fabinho, a makeshift centre-back, is also absent due to his own injury.
With this in mind, Football Insider revealed that the Reds had moved quickly to hijack Celtic’s attempts to sign the English centre-back.
Speaking with talkSPORT, Ridsdale spoke highly about Davies and said that believes that his club will keep an eye on the defender’s development due to details in his contract.
“We are very happy with the deal,” he said. “Given the alternate was that he was going to go to Celtic for nothing.”
“We do have an investment in his future because of the sell-on clause, so we are very happy with the deal we have done with Liverpool. Certainly from the young man’s point of view, he’s been outstanding for us and to have a chance to play for a club like Liverpool is brilliant.”
Ridsdale continued. “He’s an outstanding young man, he’s down to earth, very professional and at our level, he’s looked like a Rolls Royce.
“When he was in the academy, I used to go and watch him play, he stood out and was by far the best player there. He then went out on loan to York, Newport County, Fleetwood, so he’s got a lot of games under his belt at adult football before he played for us. He deserves this chance, he’s a very good player.”
Transfer Tavern Verdict
Ridsdale is certainly proud of Davies, that’s for sure. We believe Davies will certainly bolster the defensive options that Liverpool currently have, on the back of Dejan Lovren’s departure to Zenit last summer.
But with no experience in relation to playing football at the highest level, Davies will need to adjust quickly to get up to speed in Jurgen Klopp’s side.
That being said, the German tactician’s recruitment record, alongside Michael Edwards, has been pretty much impeccable, therefore, the club’s fans will likely trust whoever the Reds decide to bring in.
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