Liverpool have confirmed the signing of center-back Ben Davies from Preston for £1.6 million on the last day of the January transfer window.
is excited about Davies’ potential and has suggested that
would unlikely have been a player they would consider in January in a "normal transfer window".
The Reds are seriously depleted in the center of defense with
Virgil van Dijk
remain out injured for a long time, while
has been struggling with a muscle problem.
But Liverpool have moved quickly on deadline day to seal the signing of Davies fromPreston
and Klopp is hoping the new arrival will alleviate some of their defensive problems, telling the club's website:
"What I like about Ben is it just shows that each situation creates opportunities. 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. It’s not really likely.
"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'.
"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. That makes him really interesting so I’m really looking forward to working with him.
"I know for him it’s an opportunity and I see it exactly the same for us, that it’s a really good thing to do."