Jurgen Klopp admitted that Liverpool would not normally buy a player from Preston to resolve their defensive injury crisis, but says he is excited about Ben Davies’ new potential.
The Reds transferred the 25-year-old quarterback from the Champonship team for a total of two million euros.
Davies made 145 appearances for Preston after making his club debut in a League One meeting in January 2013.
Liverpool are suffering from several injuries, with Virgil van Dijk, Joe Gomez and Joel Matip currently out, while returning midfielder Fabinho has missed the last two games with a muscle problem.
Klopp hopes the new arrival will alleviate some of their problems, telling the club’s website: “What I like about Benin shows that every situation creates opportunities. I think it is probably clear that in a normal transfer window, without any problems, we would not look at Preston if there is a player for us or something like that. “It would not happen.”
“But since we saw it and after our situation became more and more clear – the problems we had – when we saw it we were really excited about it and thought, ‘Wow.’
“He is a boy who played all his life for Preston. We see the potential really. “We see the quality and we also see the potential because he is 25 years old and there is a lot for him.”
“I want a lot from him. He is a really good footballer, he looks like a proper leader in this Preston team, good in challenges, he looks smart footballer, he can play different positions because he played in three positions. “It makes him really interesting, so I’m really looking forward to working with him.”
“I know for him it is an opportunity and I see exactly the same for us, that it is a really good thing to do.”
The German coach is impressed by the confidence Davies showed during his transfer to Anfield and believes he will grow in Premier League meetings. /Telegraph/