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Liverpool sign Davies from Preston with Schalke's Ozan Kabak to follow


Premier League champions Liverpool have this evening announced the signing of defender Ben Davies from Preston North End.

Davies completed his move from Sky Bet Championship club Preston on Monday night, the initial fee believed to be in the region of £500,000, plus structured add-ons.

The 25-year-old has signed a long-term contract and bolstered Liverpool’s defensive ranks with Virgil Van Dijk, Joe Gomez, Joel Matip and Fabinho all currently sidelined by injury.

Klopp explained what drew him to the centre-half.

“What I like about Ben is it just shows that each situation creates opportunities,” he said.

“He’s a boy who played his whole life for Preston, is around the corner pretty much. We see the potential, really.

“We see the quality and we see the potential as well because he’s 25 and there’s a lot to come for him. I love a lot about his play.

“He’s a really good footballer, looks like a proper leader in this Preston team, good in challenges, looks football smart, can play different positions because he played in a back three and a back four and all these things.”

Davies played 145 times for Preston since his debut in January 2013. He has featured 19 times for the Lilywhites this term with the club currently sitting 11th in the Championship.

Klopp admitted that he wouldn’t normally look at Preston North End in a ‘normal’ transfer window.

“I think it’s probably clear that in a normal transfer window, without any issues, we would not look at Preston if there’s a player for us or something like that,” he added.

“But since we saw him and since our situation got clearer and clearer – the problems we had – when we saw him we got really excited about it and thought, ‘Wow.’”

Liverpool were also interested in bringing in Marseille’s Duje Caleta-Car but that became problematic so they have now switched their attention to a loan deal for Schalke’s Ozan Kabak.