Players - Ben Davies

Ben Davies
Birthdate: 11 August 1995
Birthplace: Barrow-in-Furness, England
Other clubs: York City (loan, 2013-14), Tranmere Rovers (loan, 2014), Southport (loan, 2015), Newport County (loan, 2016), Fleetwood Town (loan, 2017), Preston North End (2013-2021), Sheffield United (loan 2021-22), Rangers (2022-)
Bought from: Preston North End
Signed for LFC: £1.6m, 01.02.2021
Contract expiry: 19.07.2022
Total games/goals opposite LFC: 2 / 0
League games / goals: 0 / 0
Total games / goals: 0 / 0

Player Profile

During the January 2021 transfer window, Ben Davies looked set to join Celtic from Preston North End, only for Liverpool to make a late offer as they faced a defensive crisis. 

Born in Barrow-in-Furness in 1995, Davies joined Preston's youth set up at the age of eleven after being spotted playing in a junior tournament in Lancaster. He made his league debut in 2012/13 aged seventeen, providing an assist for an equalising goal but in his next appearance he conceded a late penalty. 

Davies spent 2013/14 on loan at York City, making 44 appearances as they made the League Two play-offs. Opportunities over the next two seasons at Preston were limited and he had loan spells at Tranmere (League Two) Southport  (National League) and Newport County (League Two). 2016/17 saw him on loan at  Fleetwood, where he played 22 times as they made the League One play offs. His performances there prompted Preston to offer him a new three year deal and he was a key performer for them in 2017/18, earning a new extended deal on improved terms and the club's young player of the year award.

In 2018/19 Davies continued to improve and was named the club's player of the year at the end of the season. In the summer of 2020, heading into the last year of his contract, Davies attracted attention from Premier League Sheffield United who were told it would cost £10 million to persuade Preston to sell. With his contract running down, Davies was close to signing a pre-contract with Celtic in January 2021 prior to Liverpool stepping in. Preston manager Alex Neil acknowledged the club could not stand in his way and a deal was agreed for him to join the Reds immediately on a five year contract.

Despite Davies being signed to alleviate a defensive crisis at the Reds, he failed to play a single minute of first team football between signing and the end of the season. He was an unused substitute four times in the Premier League as Jurgen Klopp preferred Nat Phillips and Rhys Williams ahead of him. Davies was then loaned to Championship side Sheffield United for the 2021-22 season. He had a mixed season, having runs in and out of the side and financial issues meant a permanent move there looked unlikely. On 19th July a deal was agreed for Davies to join Rangers, with the fee reported as being up to £4 million. This represented good business for a player who failed to make a single first team appearance for the club.
Appearances per season
Season League FA LC Europe Other Total
Totals 0 0 0 0 0 0
2020-2021 0 0 0 0 0 0
A more detailed look at the player's appearances
Total Started/substitutions
0 Started
8 On the bench
0 Substitute
0 Substituted
Other Clubs
Club Season Club rank League apps League goals Total apps Total goals
Preston North End 2012-2013 League One 3 0 3 0
York City 2013-2014 League Two 44 0 47 0
Preston North End 2014-2015 League One 4 0 7 0
Tranmere Rovers 2014-2015 League Two 3 0 3 0
Preston North End 2015-2016 Championship 0 0 0 1
Southport 2015-2016 England National League 9 0 9 0
Newport County 2015-2016 League Two 19 0 20 0
Preston North End 2016-2017 Championship 0 0 2 0
Fleetwood Town 2016-2017 League One 22 1 25 1
Preston North End 2017-2018 Championship 34 0 35 0
Preston North End 2018-2019 Championship 40 1 41 1
Preston North End 2019-2020 Championship 36 0 38 0
Preston North End 2020-2021 Championship 19 0 19 0
Sheffield United 2021-2022 Championship 22 1 22 1
Total 255 3 271 4