Rangers manager and Liverpool legend Steven Gerrard may have recommended the club sign Preston North End defender Ben Davies.
That is the view of former Premier League striker Noel Whelan, speaking exclusively to Football Insider after the 25-year-old moved to Merseyside on deadline day.
This site broke the news on Sunday that Liverpool had swooped for Davies at a time when Celtic were the favourites to sign him ahead of fellow long-time suitors Bournemouth.
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With his contract expiring at the end of the season after he rejected a club-record deal from North End, Celtic were free to negotiate a pre-contract deal with the defender.
The Hoops’ Glasgow rivals Rangers also joined the race for the defender last month but instead added Jack Simpson to bolster their defensive ranks.
Asked by Football Insider whether Gerrard may have recommended Davies to Liverpool, Whelan said: “He’s literally 20 miles, 30 miles down the road in Preston so he’s not got far, he can probably travel from where he is now to go to the ground so it’s not a massive upheaval for him.
“I’m sure Steven Gerrard has very strong connections with people in Liverpool still and he speaks to a lot of their scouting network and a lot of their board members.
“Maybe it is something he has recommended.
“At the end of the day, the main call comes from the board and Jurgen Klopp. He’s the manager and not Steven Gerrard.
“He has to be comfortable in making this move. It’s a great opportunity.
“They’ve got centre-halves in now, now it’s about keeping them fit. You touch wood and pray to god they don’t because that would just be the curse of the centre-halves at Liverpool this season, wouldn’t it.”