Why Liverpool Mustn't Let Spurs Steal Ben Davies
Having been under Brendan Rodgers tuition from his time at Swansea, Ben Davies would be a very logical signing for Liverpool. Davies was thrown into the Swansea side by Michael Laudrup for the rest of the 2012-2013 season after an injury to Neil Taylor, and he certainly flourished as Swansea secured a top half finish and the Carling Cup, but reports by the Mirror today say that the young fullback is edging ever closer to a move to Spurs.
Having deemed Sevilla's Albert Moreno as too expensive after the Spanish club put an£18 million pound price tag on Moreno's head, Davies seems like a very viable plan B. Rodgers will know him well from working with him at Swansea, and he's shown that he can do it at European level (as shown in the video above).
One advantage of Davies over Moreno is not having to adapt to a new League, as well as the (lack of) language barrier should they opt to bring in Davies. Being a good fullback in La Liga doesn't guarantee being a good one in the Premier League, as Aly Cissokho and Nacho Monreal prove. He is also excellent on the ball, with a pretty impressive 84-ish% pass completion rate.
Jose Enrique was out for large parts of last season, and with Aly Cissokho looking very poor for the duration of his loan spell, left back duty was often left to Jon Flanagan. Flanagan managed to force his way onto the standby list for England's World Cup squad, and had a decent breakthrough season, but Liverpool are certainly looking to upgrade at the left full back position.
Also, it's all well and good Rodgers signing these attackers but the fact that his side leaked FAR too many goals last season remains...
According to Guardian Sport, Liverpool have had an £8 million pound offer turned down for Davies, with the Jacks holding out for £12 million. Whether or not Liverpool stump up the extra funds remains to be seen - but why would a player choose volatile Spurs over a new-look Liverpool?