Ben Davies transfer could see him join exclusive Liverpool club alongside Bundesliga runner-up

Ben Davies transfer could see him join exclusive Liverpool club alongside Bundesliga runner-up

Liverpool Echo Sports·2021-08-19 06:00

Ben Davies will spend the new season on loan at Sheffield United after completing his switch.Davies was signed by the club during the winter transfer window as an emergency signing due to the clubs worsening injury crisis in central defence, with Virgil van Dijk, Joe Gomez and Joël Matip all facing a lengthy spell on the sidelines. Liverpool paid around £1.6 million to bring the 25-year-old to Anfield from Preston, but he will now move on having not once featured for Jürgen Klopp's Liverpool.It (joining Liverpool) was a move that you could never turn down, it was really exciting," said Davies.So Ive had a good six months or so, but playing football is the most important thing to any footballer.Thats what got me driven to come out on loan and hopefully play some games and get back enjoying that competitive side again.To not play a single minute of football after a transfer to a new club is a curious situation indeed. Davies was included in the squad for Liverpools four Champions League games, as they were eliminated at the quarter-final stage by Real Madrid, but he didnt take to the pitch.Read MoreRelated ArticlesRead MoreRelated ArticlesLikewise in the Premier League, he made four appearances on the bench during the 16 league games left of the season following his arrival. Yet he didnt get onto the pitch.Despite the injury crisis, Davies was still behind Nat Phillips and Rhys Williams in the pecking order, as the two youngsters steadied the ship defensively and got the club into the Champions League for 2021/22 when at one point it looked unlikely.Ozan Kabak, who was also signed during the winter window, made 13 appearances before injury curtailed his season.Davies, however, leaves the club having never played a single game. While he may yet return for a remarkable renaissance, it has to be expected that he may ultimately sold having never once featured. This hasnt happened too often in the recent history of Liverpool.Hungarian goalkeeper Péter Gulácsi is one who joins Davies on the no appearance list. Gulácsi was in his late teens when he signed for the club on a permanent basis in 2008. However, in five years at the club, he failed to play at all, and left in the summer of 2013, when he joined Red Bull Salzburg. He has since made the switch to RB Leipizig: he was the first-choice goalkeeper last season as the side secured second place in the Bundesliga. Perhaps Davies can draw some encouragement from this.Read MoreRelated ArticlesRead MoreRelated ArticlesTom Ince, son of former Liverpool midfielder Paul, fared slightly better than Davies and Gulácsi at Liverpool, making one appearance for the club in a third-round League Cup game against Northampton Town at the beginning of the 2010/11 season.Who remembers Sergi Canós at Liverpool? Certainly not me. The Spanish midfielder was signed as a youth product from Barcelona in the earliest part of last decade, and only made a single league appearance for the club, which came at the end of Jürgen Klopps first season in charge against West Brom.Canós was loaned out to Brentford, and later to Norwich, before Brentford snapped him up on a permanent basis. However, he wasnt to fade away into obscurity: Canós scored Brentfords first-ever goal in the Premier League during their 2-0 win against Arsenal, another reminder to Davies that there is not just one route to the top.The clubs recent history is full of players who only played once: Liam Millar, Ryan Kent, David Amoo and many more boast this dubious honour, going on to have varying degrees of success.Even Sean Dundee made an appearance or three.But it will take some feat to match Davies unfortunate stats: £1.6m fee; no starts; no minutes; loaned out after only six months. Read MoreRelated ArticlesRead MoreRelated Articles


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