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Liverpool complete the signing of defender Ben Davies

Liverpool have helped ease their defensive crisis with the signing of Ben Davies.

The 25-year-old has joined from Preston North End on what is being described as a 'long-term' deal.

With injuries to key players in recent months, Liverpool's options at the back have been stretched.

However, the acquisition of Davies could also be added to by the signing of Ozan Kabak later tonight.

“I’m obviously delighted to be here," Davies told the club's official website.

“It’s a huge opportunity. Obviously it came as a bit of a surprise when it first came but once you start to get your head around it, the opportunity that is in front of me is incredible. I’d be silly to not make the most of it and learn off the players [at the club].

“I’ve never actually been to Anfield and I haven’t had a look around yet. I had a quick look out and had a look at the pitch and it looks like carpet, which obviously you’d expect.

“I haven’t actually walked out of the tunnel yet, so I’m looking forward to that. Just to be in this kind of atmosphere is brilliant.”

An established defender for Preston, he made a total of 145 appearances for the club having made his debut in January 2013.

“I want to come in and play games to start with, I want to get my foot in the door and make myself a Premier League player rather than obviously a Championship player. And then take it from there really,” he said.

“I know we’ve got some top players here and players I can certainly learn from. Once you get your foot in the door then you’re here as well. Hopefully I can take my chance and then move forward with it.

“I’m looking forward to coming in and playing in front of everyone and showing everyone what I can do. I’m sure a lot of fans and people don’t know [me], or haven’t even seen me play.

“It’s definitely an exciting time and I think they’ll quite enjoy watching me when I’m playing well.”

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