Gabby Agbonlahor has tipped Ben Davies to push to leave Liverpool in the summer and claimed Celtic will be monitoring the situation.

Speaking exclusively to Football Insider, the former Aston Villa and England striker admitted he found his move from Preston North End in January “strange”.

Davies is a long-term target of Celtic and extensive talks were held earlier this year over a January pre-contract deal before they were gazumped by Liverpool on deadline day, as exclusively revealed by this site.

He is yet to make his Liverpool debut and has struggled with minor knocks since his move to Anfield.

However, the 25-year-old’s hopes of making an impact were dealt a blow when Jurgen Klopp essentially confirmed Nat Phillips and Ozan Kabak were his preferred centre-back pairing.

It comes after the Athletic reported Davies had not impressed in training at his new club and it was suggested the club plan to flip him for profit in the summer.

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Davies was available at a cut-price fee in January with his contract at Deepdale set to expire in the summer.

Asked if Celtic will be aware of Davies’ situation and be thinking about a summer bid, Agbonlahor told Football Insider correspondent Connor Whitley:  “Yes, 100 per cent.

“It’s just a strange situation. To be brought in and basically have your career put on hold. You’re not playing or even being brought on. It’s very strange from Liverpool and Jurgen Klopp.

“If he wasn’t good enough, why buy him?

“It’s a very, very strange transfer and I’m sure he’ll be looking to leave Liverpool in the summer and go somewhere where he can play week in, week out.”

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Davies has made the Liverpool bench for just two of the eight Premier League games he has been available for.

He was named amongst the nine substitutes for their Champions League tie with RB Leipzig last week.

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