Ben Davies has been warned that he has no future at Liverpool if the club manage to sign Ibrahima Konate.
That’s the verdict of pundit Noel Whelan, who thinks the arrival of Konate would be a “kick in the teeth” for Davies. The former Preston defender only joined Liverpool in January, is yet to play, and could see his chances drop further.
Liverpool were scrambling for reinforcements at the back towards the end of the winter window. Injuries to Virgil van Dijk, Joe Gomez and Joel Matip forced them into action.
They reacted by signing Ozan Kabak on loan from Schalke after the somewhat surprising addition of Davies.
The 25-year-old had been linked with a move to Celtic, but a twist of events led to an incredible opportunity to join the Premier League champions.
Sadly for Davies, his own injury issues have prevented him from playing. In fact, he may never get that opportunity.
There has already been talk of Davies leaving at the earliest opportunity. Liverpool could turn a profit on him, despite his lack of action.
Whelan has previously suggested that Celtic could revive their interest. Now, he has responded to the rumours that Konate could arrive by revealing what that may mean for Davies.
Whelan told Football Insider: “It doesn’t bode well for Davies. He was a signing they wouldn’t have made unless they had to.
“You’ll probably see Davies go out on loan. For Davies, that move was as much a surprise for him as it was for anybody.
“Like Klopp said, it was a transfer that they wouldn’t normally look at. That’s a real kick in the teeth, isn’t it?
“If one of them was surplus to requirements, it would be him.”
Despite these claims, the chances of Liverpool signing Konate are not as great as has been reported – at least in the opinion of Leipzig sporting director Markus Krosche.
“I think that this is not an option for Ibu,” Krosche said.
“He has a long contract with us and he knows what we mean to him and what he means to us.
“He was unlucky last year as he had a long-term injury but this year he is developing well and he is an extremely important player that has a lot of potential.
“We want to help him to develop further, and we play in Europe and have a very good team, so I don’t see a reason for him to leave us.”
Klopp being patient with Davies
That could mean there is hope yet for Davies to make it at Anfield. Indeed, Klopp recently reassured him that he has a future with the club.
“It was always clear when a lot of players came here to Liverpool and the most famous stories, Andy Robertson took half a year in a normal season where pretty much everything else was kind of settled to settle in,” Klopp said.
“Ben is a really good player but he has to get used to all this stuff here as well, that’s how it is. We still have options and hopefully, it will stay like this.
“I don’t make these kinds of judgments [if he is not to play this season]. I don’t tell Ben we have just to train until mid-May and then we see further, no.
“It will take as long as it takes. But the problem was that it was clear that we will not start with two new centre-halves if we don’t have to because of the situation.”