Liverpool centre-back Ben Davies has revealed why he has left to join Sheffield United just months after securing his dream move to Anfield.
Davies was brought in by Jurgen Klopp during the winter transfer window as reinforcement for a shattered backline. The Reds had relentless injury issues that failed to cease for months. Therefore, the door opened for Davies to make the step up from Preston North End.
The moves for Davies and fellow centre-back Ozan Kabak, who arrived on loan, were perfectly suited to the Reds’ needs.
Both deals were cheap moves that would seemingly plug the gap left by several absentees.
However, Davies was never used by Klopp, who even favoured central midfielder Jordan Henderson over the conventional option.
And with those injuries now in the past, the chance of the 26-year-old ever getting his Liverpool debut is extremely slim.
As such, he has made the step back down to the Championship, joining Sheffield United on loan.
The season long move will allow the defender the chance to play football again. And this is exactly why he made the choice to go to Yorkshire.
Speaking to SUTV, he said: “I just missed matchdays really, the buzz.
“And especially having fans in this year, it will have been a long time since I’ve played a proper matchday with fans.
“So that’s part of the excitement of coming here and hopefully having a successful year.”
United will be aiming to bounce back from last season’s Premier League relegation under new boss Slavisa Jokanovic.
They’ve started their Championship campaign with a loss and a draw, but Davies will provide defensive quality for that level.
And although his dream move has not worked as hoped, he has no regrets about taking the opportunity.
No regrets for Davies
“It’s a move that you can never turn down. It was really exciting,” he said.
“The whole setup there is incredible, the club’s like you wouldn’t believe until you actually get in there and see it for yourself.
“So I’ve had a good six months or so, but obviously playing football is the most important thing to any footballer.
“That’s what’s got me driven to come out on loan, hopefully play some games and get back enjoying that competitive side again.”