Klopp's reason for not playing Ben Davies last season – and why he isn't leaving

Liverpool paid £500,000 for Ben Davies in January to bring in cover with injuries to Virgil van Dijk, Joe Gomez and Joel Matip but didn’t feature for the Reds once

Jurgen Klopp has revealed why Ben Davies did not play a single minute for Liverpool last season following his January switch from Preston North End.

The Reds paid £500,000 for the defender on Deadline Day of the winter transfer window to bring in cover with injuries to Virgil van Dijk, Joe Gomez and Joel Matip.

However, Davies did not feature for Liverpool at all in the second half of the season as Klopp opted to use a mixture of centre-back pairings that didn’t include him.

Rhys Williams and Nat Phillips would eventually finish the season as Liverpool’s preferred two central defenders as they secured a top-four finish and Champions League football for next season with five wins in a row to finish the Premier League campaign.

And with van Dijk, Gomes and Matip returning for next season and Ibrahima Konate’s arrival from RB Leipzig imminent, the 25-year-old’s future is seemingly up in the air.

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But The Athletic are reporting that Liverpool are not currently looking to sell Davies despite his lack of playing time in his first six months at the club.

It is also claimed the reason he didn’t see any first-team action was because Klopp feels he needed time to adjust to Liverpool’s style of play, similar to when Andy Robertson signed from Hull City in the summer of 2017.

Davies will be assessed in pre-season along with Phillips and Williams, taking into account the fitness of Van Dijk, Gomez and Matip before a decision is made on their futures.

Meanwhile, Liverpool are on the verge of completing the signing of Konate from Leipzig in the next 48 hours.

The Reds have triggered the £36million release clause in his contract as Klopp is set to make his first signing of the season.

That means the Anfield side will not take up the £18m option to sign Ozan Kabak from Schalke on a permanent basis after an initial loan spell.

The 22-year-old became a regular in the RB Leipzig side this season playing alongside Dayot Upamecano, who is moving to Bayern Munich this summer.

The defender will be an integral part of France’s Under-21 squad for the upcoming European Championships which starts at the end of this month.


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