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Ben Davies Signs For Premier League Champions

1 February 2021

Preston North End have agreed the sale of defender Ben Davies to Premier League champions Liverpool for an undisclosed fee.

The 25-year-old joined the Lilywhites Academy at the age of ten and came through the ranks and given his debut by Graham Westley in January 2013.

Successful loan spells, in particular with York City and Fleetwood Town, aided the development of the left-side central defender, however, after the arrival of Alex Neil as manager, he became a first team regular.

He has gone on to make 144 appearance for the club, including 19 this current season, and scored two goals in that time.

Speaking about his departing No.6 manager Alex Neil was proud to see one of his stalwarts moving to a club of the size and esteem of the Reds, he said: "It was an opportunity that he certainly couldn’t knock back and we certainly couldn’t stand in his way.

"We’ve said that all along about our young players, if an opportunity comes up for them to go to the Premier League, and certainly a team like Liverpool, I think it’s an incredible opportunity for Ben.

"To be honest he deserves it, he’s worked extremely hard on his game and he’s been a terrific servant for us.

"He came through the youth academy here as well, so to produce one of our own and for them to go on to a team like Liverpool, it’s an incredible achievement for the club and for Ben himself. I really hope he goes on and gets an opportunity because I really think he could do well. I think he’s got the potential and the attributes in terms of his pace and his comfort on the ball to be a really top player so I will certainly follow him with interest."

The Barrow-born man completed a medical and the paperwork at Anfield on transfer deadline day and joins one of the World’s biggest clubs with everyone at Preston North End’s best wishes and thanks for everything he has given over 15 years in lilywhite.

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