Ben Davies set for first-ever Anfield start – 3 months after leaving Liverpool – Liverpool FC

Tuesday night will bring a reunion for Ben Davies when he visits Liverpool with Rangers, with the centre-back set for his first start at Anfield.

Davies spent less than a year and a half on the books at Liverpool, following a deadline day move from Preston in February 2021, failing to make a competitive appearance.

The defender, signed for an initial £500,000, was on the bench eight times in the second half of 2020/21, before spending the following campaign on loan at Sheffield United.

After falling further down the pecking order under Jurgen Klopp, the 27-year-old opted to leave the club in the summer transfer window and headed to Rangers in a deal worth up to £4m.

It served as a huge win for Liverpool and a step in the right direction for Davies, who is now set to start for Rangers in the Champions League on Tuesday night.

This is due to long-term injuries to John Souttar and Filip Helander, with the No. 26 expected to take his place alongside Connor Goldson at Anfield.

Davies accompanied Goldson in a 4-0 win over Hearts on Saturday, although he was sent off at half-time after picking up an early yellow card, with Giovanni van Bronckhorst keen to avoid being down to 10 men.

LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - Saturday, February 20, 2021: Ben Davies of Liverpool during the pre-match warm-up ahead of the FA Premier League match between Liverpool FC and Everton FC, the 238th Merseyside Derby, at Anfield.  Everton won 2-0, the club's first win at Anfield since 1999. (Photo by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

Versatile James Sands replaced Davies at the weekend but is suspended from the Champions League after being sent off in the last 3-0 loss to Napoli.

Sands’ absence comes on top of the loss of Souttar and Helander, effectively giving Van Bronckhorst no choice but to give Davies his first start at Anfield.

It will be a surreal occasion for a player who only briefly dreamed of representing Liverpool on these nights, but it gives him a chance to prove himself after a disappointing season on Merseyside.

Beyond Souttar, Helander and Sands, the Rangers are also without Ianis Hagi, Nnamdi Ofoborh and backup goalkeeper Jon McLaughlin, while there are questions about Tom Lawrence and Kemar Roofe.

Rangers have lost both of their Group A games so far, with a 4-0 thrashing at the hands of Ajax followed by a 3-0 loss to Napoli leaving them bottom of the table.

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