Sheffield United will take heart from the fact that Liverpool are reportedly still in the market for new defenders, with Ben Davies likely to be a player Paul Heckingbottom is desperate to keep hold of.
Davies, a summer signing from Liverpool while Slavisa Jokanovic was boss, has grown in stature in recent weeks and looks assured as the left centre-back next to John Egan. The move to a three at the back appears to have suited him, and not keeping Davies beyond January would be a nightmare scenario for the Blades.
However, it doesn’t look like Liverpool are planning on using Davies any time soon. Reports in the last few days have claimed the Reds are eyeing up Torino star, Gleison Bremer. The 24-year-old centre-back is one of the most in-demand talents in Serie A and could wind up in England, with Liverpool, Chelsea, and Tottenham all keen.
In terms of Sheffield United, this could be good news for their short and long-term hopes of keeping Ben Davies on the books.
Liverpool Unlikely To Use Ben Davies Again
Only an injury disaster akin to the one last season would see Liverpool wanting Davies back now. Surely, they have enough in defence already. And that’s without even adding Bremer into the mix.
For the Blades, this bodes well. It should ensure that – barring any unforeseen issues – that Davies remains at Bramall Lane at least until the end of this season. Beyond that, Liverpool’s interest in Bremer also increases United’s chances of pursuing a permanent deal.
Of course, Liverpool have made a habit of making good money in the market under Michael Edwards. In all likelihood, you’d assume United need to win promotion to be able to afford Davies full-time.
So far, you’d have to call Davies’ loan with Sheffield United a success. Sure, there has been the odd error or lax bit of play, but overall, he’s looked a class act. Certainly, he’d be a player most Blades would welcome permanently.
Let’s hope, then, that Bremer becomes a Liverpool player and that, in turn, leads to the Blades landing Ben Davies.