Forgotten Liverpool star considers ‘another blow’ in major Klopp reshuffle


Liverpool defender Ben Davies has said he is considering another opportunity to find his way into manager Jurgen Klopp’s plans next summer.

The 26-year-old has been loaned to Sheffield United this season following his lack of playing time at Anfield. He looked like he had an instant opportunity during his shock signing for the Reds in January.

Liverpool found themselves in a defensive crisis, with all three senior options injured. Despite this, Rhys Williams, Nathaniel Phillips and Liverpool’s second winter signing Ozan Kabak found playing time ahead of Davies.

In addition, with Virgil van DijkWith Joe Gomez and Joel Matip returning from injury, Davies fell down the pecking order.

Talk to Yorkshire LiveDavies said of his future at Liverpool: “The situation at Liverpool is now very different from where I entered in terms of available defenders.

“I’ve been thinking about this year and going out and playing well, looking at everyone in Liverpool and everyone watching me.

“Then go back to Liverpool and try to impress the manager and the staff and see where I am this summer.

“I hope I have the opportunity in the preseason next year to come back and have another chance to show what I can do.”

This approach worked for Liverpool star Harvey Elliott this summer. After an impressive loan spell at Blackburn, the 18-year-old stepped directly into Klopp’s Premier League plans.

Still, Davies might find it harder to win game time at Liverpool upon his return from South Yorkshire.

In addition to Van Dijk, Gomez and Matip, summer signings Ibrahima Konate and Phillips are options at the back.

Nonetheless, Davies is only focusing on readjusting to the feeling of regular football for now.

Ben Davies on Liverpool, adjustment from Sheff Utd

Davies said: “He [Klopp] just said enjoy it and wished me luck for the season.

“I echoed the same comeback. I’m in fairly frequent contact with a couple of guys at Liverpool who get involved in the loans and come and watch. One is coming next week to chat.

The first month I spent here was to find this resilience in my body.

“I went from playing a lot of time and not training a lot to training a lot and not playing a lot. This change was quite difficult for my body so the first month was spent playing time and recovering and getting back to that pace.

“For the future I want to stay in the team, help the team and play as many minutes and get as many wins as possible and I hope that if I do that and help the team that can become a successful year and we can try and bring Sheffield United back to their place.

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