Liverpool have agreed a £2 million fee with Preston North End for Ben Davies to help remedy their centre-back crisis, with his medical pencilled in for Monday morning.

The 25-year-old, who Celtic had been hoping to sign ahead of the transfer deadline, was among a number of candidates assessed by the Premier League champions for a last-ditch deal as Joel Matip joined Virgil van Dijk and Joe Gomez on the injury list.

The defender’s availability, affordability, age, ability in possession, recovery pace and added function as a left-back has marked him as a suitable quick fix to Liverpool’s problems in the heart of the rearguard.

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