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Liverpool Confirm Signing Of Centre Back Ben Davies From Preston North End

Liverpool Confirm Signing Of Centre Back Ben Davies From Preston North End

Jurgen Klopp has moved to cover a position that has been hit by the injuries of Virgil van Dijk, Joe Gomez and Joel Matip.

Ryan Sidle

Ryan Sidle

Liverpool have signed Ben Davies from Preston North End, with the Premier League side strengthening their injury ravaged defence.

Jurgen Klopp's side have been hit by injuries to their central defence as they attempt to retain their Premier League title this season.

Virgil van Dijk and Joe Gomez's injuries this season had already weakened the defence for Klopp and his side but in recent weeks Joel Matip and Jordan Henderson, who has filled in at centre back, have also been hit by injuries.

That left the team desperate for reinforcements and Klopp has worked to find late answers to his problem in the January transfer window.

With the deadline closing in on Monday night, the Merseyside team have confirmed the signing of Davies from Preston.

The 25-year-old was previously linked with a move to Celtic, with his contract up at the end of the current season, and he was able to sign a pre contract agreement.

However on Sunday it was revealed that Liverpool had begun talks to sign the former Fleetwood Town loanee and he has chosen to move to Anfield.

The deal is believed to be worth £500,000 up front with a potential £1.1 million due in add ons in the fuutre.

Davies battles for the ball. Image: PA Images
Davies battles for the ball. Image: PA Images

On Monday evening Preston announced their loan signing of Liam Lindsay on loan from Stoke City until the end of the season.

The Championship side initially revealed the signing was to 'replace' Davies, claiming the deal with Liverpool was done, but they soon changed their statement to remove anything about the outgoing player.

Young Liverpool defender Sepp van den Berg was expected to move to Deepdale on loan, in a separate deal, until the end of the season.

Alex Neil's side will also have first option on Van Den Berg for a temporary move next season.

Liverpool are expected to add another defender before Monday's 11 pm deadline.

Featured Image Credit: PA

Topics: Preston North End, Liverpool, Football News, Transfer stories, Transfer rumours, Premier League, Transfer gossip, Transfer news, championship

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