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Keith Andrews believes the signing of Ben Davies could be a major success for Liverpool.
The 25-year-old was expected to join Celtic during the January transfer window, however, making a move to Anfield on the transfer deadline day. Reds have completed the transfer of the defender amid an injury crisis they face due to the long-term absence of Virgil van Dijk.
And speaking about the centre-back on Sky Sports, Andrews drew comparisons with former Manchester United’s Odion Ighalo, who recently ended a 12-month loan spell at Old Trafford.
“For where Liverpool are now I think it makes absolute sense. You can maybe liken it to something like the Odion Ighalo signing by Manchester United last year,” he said.
“It’s a stop-gap to a point, but within that, you’ve got an opportunity as a player to stake a claim. It’s a chance of a lifetime for Ben Davies.
“The only thing I would say is I think there is a snobbery in football that the big clubs don’t look down that far, traditionally. Usually, Davies would have to go to a lower Premier League team and prove himself there, maybe akin to what James Tarkowski has done after his lower-league exploits.
“He has gone to Burnley and established himself there, and easily could have gone on to bigger and better in the last 12-18 months, and I’m sure there have been offers.
“I’m genuinely delighted for him because he has absolutely earned this. He has been at Preston from about 10 or 11 years old. He’s had countless loan moves, some to non-league, and been willing to do the hard yards in football to get to this level.
“He’s also a very good footballer in terms of ability. Liverpool have a lot of possession and that won’t faze him.
“Defensively he’ll be coming up against far more talented players so it will be a test for him, but I hope he does well.”
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