Date: 16th April 2021 at 4:57pm
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At last, it looks as though Liverpool have found a consistent centre-back partnership in the absence of first-teamers Virgil van Dijk, Joe Gomez and Joel Matip. 

On-loan Ozan Kabak and academy product Nat Phillips have filled in and, despite a Champions League exit at the hands of Real Madrid, have helped turn around a wretched Premier League season.

The Reds have won three on the bounce including a 3-0 over Arsenal and 90th minute edging of Aston Villa, but still remain sixth and three points off West Ham in fourth.

Centre-back Ben Davies was signed alongside Ozan Kabak in the winter window to provide cover for the injured defenders, but with this newly formed partnership, he’s yet to make an appearance in a Liverpool shirt.

He did make the bench against Madrid, warming up on a Champions League pitch in a pinch yourself moment, no doubt.

However, with the returns of the three injured centre-backs and the improved performances of Kabak and Phillips, it doesn’t leave much room for a Davies future.

The return of injured Virgil van Dijk will fill one centre-back spot in Jurgen Klopp’s side, leaving reduced opportunity for Ben Davies

The Liverpool Echo are reporting that the club could turn a healthy profit if he was to depart, signing the 25-year-old for a fee which could rise to just £1.6m.

To get his signature, Liverpool battled interest from Celtic, as well as Bournemouth and Burnely – an interest which won’t yet have dwindled, given his relatively young age and experience training with one of the best sides in the country.

This could only have improved Davies as a player, and should he leave in the summer the same parties are likely to revive their interest but be forced to pay an inflated fee.

It is also understood some of those add-ons included in the £1.6m fee include an England appearance; Davies is no nearer to a Liverpool appearance, let alone an international one.

Of course, Davies was signed with the intention of playing back-up and it is by no means a failed transfer for either party, but could he be offered a mutually beneficial move this summer – one that sees Davies land regular first-team football and Liverpool spin a profit in the process?

 
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