Liverpool have taken a “huge risk” in signing Ben Davies from Preston North End, according to Paul Robinson.

Speaking exclusively to Football Insider, the former Spurs and England goalkeeper questioned why the Premier League champions recruited from the Championship on deadline day.

The Merseyside club confirmed the signing of Ben Davies from Preston on Monday after this site exclusively broke the news of their near-£2million move on 31 January.

 

Davies was an unused substitute in Wednesday night’s 1-0 loss to Brighton but could make his debut against Manchester City this weekend after a full week of training.

Robinson is worried by the prospect of the 25-year-old starting against Manchester City.

“I have no idea why Liverpool did not have somebody waiting at the gates of the training ground at midnight 1 January,” he told Football Insider.

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“That is when they should have done their business.

“I think they have taken a huge risk in signing Ben Davies. I know it is a fantastic move for him but you would not expect the Premier League champions to be signing a Championship centre-half for £2million. You expect them to look at Europe’s best.

“It is going to be a huge step up for Davies and if you are the likes of Rhys Williams or Nat Phillips you are thinking, ‘Is this guy better than me?’

“You just wonder where Davies is going to fit in the pecking order when everybody is fit.”

The Reds also signed Ozan Kabak, 20, from Schalke on deadline day and like Davies, he could make his debut against Manchester City.

Virgil van Dijk, Joe Gomez and Joel Matip remain sidelined with long-term injuries.

In other news, Liverpool have set their sights on a Leeds United player who has “blown away” their scouts.