Liverpool set for transfer profit as Celtic line up deal for forgotten defender | Football | Sport

Liverpool are poised to turn a win with Celtic target Ben Davies – who could leave Anfield without making a single appearance for the club. The former Preston man joined the Reds instead of Celtic back in January 2021 but is now being linked again with a move to the Scottish giants.

Jurgen Klopp raised more than a few eyebrows as he swooped in to snap up Davies for just £1.6m to try to ease the Reds’ defensive injury crisis. However, Davies – who has been one of the most consistent defenders in the Championship – has failed to carve his way into the first-team picture at Anfield and could move on permanently this summer after spending last season on loan at Sheffield United.

A new report from The Daily Record has claimed Davies could be an option for Celtic boss Ange Postecoglu, who is on the hunt for another centre-back this summer. The Scottish champions are looking for a fresh face to keep up the pressure on first-choice defensive duo Carl Starfelt and Cameron Carter-Vickers.

Davies was recently called up by Klopp into a 19-man squad for Liverpool’s early pre-season games. However, the 26-year-old is unlikely to be considered for a prominent role at Anfield next season.

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Nat Phillips is another Liverpool defender who could be on the move this summer. The 25-year-old rose through the ranks in the 2020/21 season when the Reds faced a lack of defensive options and impressed during a temporary loan spell at Bournemouth last season.

The Cherries earned promotion to the Premier League with Phillips on the books and are now looking to bring the centre-backs back to the Vitality Stadium this summer.

However, Phillips is held in high esteem at Anfield – and the Reds may only be willing to approve another loan deal for the powerful defender, who joined Liverpool as a teenager in 2016 in the summer of 2025.

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