With deadline day looming, Liverpool were offered a light at the end of the tunnel in their pursuit of a centre-back.
Liverpool’s main goal at the beginning of the year has been to sign a centre-back but with now under 24 hours left in the window, they are scraping the bottom of the barrel.
Fortunately, according to various sources including James Pearce, the club have now finally found their man.
It’s been reported that Liverpool have agreed a fee of around £2m to sign Preston defender Ben Davies. It’s a deal that will see Sepp Van den Berg go the opposite way on loan.
Davies is out of contract at the end of the season which has allowed the Reds to sign the centre-back at a cut-price fee.
It had been thought that he was going to sign a pre-contract agreement with Celtic but that has now seemingly fallen through.
As Jurgen Klopp left the London Stadium with all three points on Sunday following a resounding victory over West Ham, there were few ways his day could have got better.
However, the news that Liverpool are finally set to add to their defensive ranks will be music to the ears of not only the manager but the club’s supporters.
The Merseysiders have been missing Virgil van Dijk since October and numerous injuries at the back have occurred since.
When they travelled to West Ham, the Reds had to field a centre-back pairing of Jordan Henderson and Nat Phillips. The former has had to play in that position on four occasions this term but Liverpool fans won’t need to worry about that any longer with Davies now arriving through the door.
Davies has played 19 times in the Championship this term and a quick look at the stats tells you he’s good in the air. The 25-year-old has won 3.1 aerial duels per game this season.
With their options at the back growing slimmer by the week, this was a deal the club simply had to complete.