Liverpool to sell Ben Davies without playing a single minute with defender wanted on loan by Sheffield United

LIVERPOOL defender Ben Davies is set to leave Anfield without kicking a ball.

The centre-back, 25, only joined in January after Jurgen Klopp lost Virgil van Dijk, Joe Gomez and Joel Matip to season-ending injuries.

Davies signed from Preston in a deal worth up to £1.6million.

But the defender suffered from injuries himself and failed to register a single minute on the pitch last season.

And following the arrival of £36m defender Ibrahima Konate – as well as the return from injury of Van Dijk, Gomez and Matip – Davies is unlikely to get a look in, also behind Nat Phillips and Rhys Williams in the pecking order.

Yet now, Davies is wanted on loan by recently-relegated Sheffield United.

The Blades are keen on the experienced Championship man after Brighton’s Matt Clarke opted to sign for West Brom instead of them.

Meanwhile, Gomez gave Liverpool a huge boost after joining Van Dijk in returning to training after many months out.

The Dutch star has been missing since October 2020 and Gomez from November as problems at the back helped ruined Liverpool's title defence.

'LOOKING GOOD'

Reds' boss Jurgen Klopp says both knee-injury casualties are already 'looking good' as they enjoy their pre-season camp in Austria.

Gomez himself revealed: "Getting back on the pitch with the boys meant everything.

"Obviously after such a long layoff, it’s not a case of just being thrown in the deep end, we’ll probably have to do some adaptations, the likes of myself and Virgil. 

"That’s where it’s nice to work alongside each other – we had different injuries, but we’ve been in it together all the way. 

"There’ll be days where we have to do something more suitable for us, but to do team training today after such a long time means a lot.

"I think speaking for us both, we loved every minute of it." 

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Klopp added: "Virg and Joe will not have double sessions now for the first few days with the team.

"They have a second session of the day but it's with the rehab department, physiotherapy – these kind of things.

"They look really good. I don't know exactly when we can make the best bkg steps but it will happen in the next four weeks.

"For sure, we will get a big step forward."

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