Ben Davies was, alongside Ozan Kabak, one of two central defenders recruited by Liverpool during the transfer window of January 2021. Virgil van Dijk, widely recognised as the world’s finest in his position, and Joe Gomez, perhaps England’s finest, are both recovering from long-term knee injuries that mean they could yet miss the remainder of 2020/21; with Joël Matip certain to, they had been attempting to defend the Premier League title without a recognised senior central defender.
Davies represents a far lower-profile signing than might have been expected, but he is experienced in English football and, potentially above all else, a proven ball player capable of contributing to the free-flowing attack that has also appeared under threat. “We see the quality and we see the potential as well because he’s 25 and there’s a lot to come for him,” said Liverpool’s manager Jürgen Klopp. “I love a lot about his play. He’s a really good footballer; good in challenges; looks football smart; can play different positions because he played in a back three and a back four.”