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Liverpool set to hijack Celtic’s defender deal

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Liverpool are in talks to sign Ben Davies from Preston- just two days after Sky Sports claimed that the defender had signed a pre-contract agreement with Celtic.

The defender is out of contract in the summer with Liverpool suffering a run of blows in that area of the park led by Virgil van Dijk with Joe Gomez and Joel Matip also out of action.

Jurgen Klopp has tried a variety of options including playing Jordan Henderson at the back but looks set to find a short-term solution in Davies.

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Celtic have been linked with Davies since the summer but now look to be missing out while Shane Duffy and Nir Bitton line up in central defence.

A knee injury to Chris Jullien highlighted the need to strengthen in that area of the park but with Bitton injured against St Mirren on Saturday it looks like Stephen Welsh will be given his fourth start of the season.

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