Due to an injury crisis that saw centre halves Virgil van Dijk, Joe Gomez, and Joël Matip ruled out for the season, Liverpool brought in two new players at the position in January, signing Ozan Kabak on loan from Schalke and and Ben Davies from Preston.
After a promising start on Merseyside, Kabak is now injured. And as for Davies, the 25-year-old Englishman picked up a knock in training shortly after his arrival, has been ruled out ever since, and is yet to play a minute of competitive football for his new club.
However, according to The Athletic, Davies has been assured he will be given a chance at the club. This follows on from reports the Reds are unlikely to trigger their £20M purchase option on Kabak and are instead likely to sign Ibrahima Konaté from Leipzig.
It would appear to set up a situation where Davies and emergent cult hero Nat Phillips will likely be given a chance to earn a role as either fourth or fifth centre half next season, with the club expecting at least Van Dijk and Gomez back in the mix for 2021-22.
Meanwhile, Matip’s future at the club could depend on if there is a market for the veteran, who has no question marks surrounding his playing ability but major question marks surrounding his fitness record and is set to turn 30 in August.