Celtic will be keping 'close eye' on Davies after Klopp comments - Whelan

By Noel Whelan

15th Mar, 2021 | 7:00pm

Whelan: Celtic will have 'close eye' on Liverpool outcast Davies after Klopp comments

Celtic are likely to be keeping a “close eye” on the situation of Ben Davies at Liverpool with a view to a potential transfer.

That is according to ex-Premier League and Scottish Premiership striker Noel Whelan, speaking exclusively to Football Insider with the centre-back yet to make his debut since signing from Preston in January.

Addressing confusion regarding the continued absence of Davies from the starting XI, Klopp told the media: “Ben is a really good player but he has to get used to all this stuff here as well, that’s how it is. Ben will play when he will play.”

Celtic are long-time admirers of Davies but saw a move for the 25-year-old hijacked by Liverpool in January, as revealed by Football Insider.

But given his lack of game-time, Whelan claimed that a player of Davies’ ability would be better suited to a team like Celtic than Liverpool.

He told Football Insider correspondent Dylan Childs: “They’ll probably have a close eye on him in the summer. It’s a team that’s in transition, looking for a new manager, new players, a fresh start a change in personnel and structure.

“It doesn’t surprise me that that they’re still hovering around Davies.

“With Liverpool, you talk about new signings and the players they feel are good enough for the club and they clearly don’t feel that he is good enough.

“It was a bit of cover that was there for him at the time but is he Liverpool standard? I don’t think so. He’d suit Celtic more than Liverpool.”

Celtic are expected to overhaul their squad and non-playing staff in the summer after a disastrous season in 2020-21.

Davies graduated through the Preston academy and played 145 times for the club before joining Liverpool in January.

In other news, Celtic are looking to raid Manchester City’s behind-the-scenes team as director of football talks begin with Fergal Harkin.