Liverpool send out Ben Davies on a season-long loan to Sheffield United… with the defender yet to make his debut for the club after being drafted in to solve Reds’ injury crisis in February
- Ben Davies will spend the season in the Championship with Sheffield United
- The defender joined Liverpool in January but has yet to make his debut
- Davies is new Blades boss Slavisa Jokanovic’s first signing since arriving
Ben Davies is sliding back to the Championship with Sheffield United for the 2021-22 season, joining the Blades on-loan six months after his Liverpool transfer.
The centre-back was brought in for £2m to provide cover after long-term injuries to Virgil van DIjk and Joe Gomez sparked a defensive crisis for the Reds.
Davies joined from Championships side Preston and is heading back to the second division to continue his development.
Liverpool’s Ben Davies has moved to Sheffield United on-loan for the rest of the season
The defender joined Liverpool back in January to provide cover amid the Reds’ injury crisis
A club statement said: ‘Liverpool’s Ben Davies arrives at Bramall Lane on a season-long deal, which will see him remain at S2 for the remainder of the 2021/22 campaign and bolster United’s defensive options moving forward.’
The Englishman defender was unlikely to feature in Jurgen Klopp’s plans for the new campaign, but will hope to impress on-loan as he aims to finally earn a debut.
‘Really happy to be here to be honest, I like the club, I like the manager and the way he plays football,’ the 26-year-old told his new club.
‘I think we have some really great players here and a good chance of bouncing straight back up.
Davies played in the Championship with Preston before his move to the Premier League club
Slavisa Jokanovic is the new Blades boss and Davies is excited to play under the manager
‘(Jokanovic) has a great record in the Championship and so I think it’s a good fit and hopefully I can fit in quite well to his plans.
‘I’ve missed match-days and it’ll have been a long time since I’ve heard a full crowd so that’s part of the excitement of coming here.’
Davies was a surprise transfer by the Reds and the player opened-up on his first six months with the 19-time English champions.
‘It’s a move you can never really turn down. The whole setup there is like you wouldn’t believe,’ the defender added.
‘I’ve had a good six months or so but of course playing football is the more important thing for any footballer so that’s what’s made me come out on loan.’