It could have been the perfect opportunity for Ben Davies.

Brought in from Preston or an initial fee of £500,000 on February 1, the 25-year-old arrived on deadline day alongside fellow centre-back Ozan Kabak to bolster the Reds' options in the wake of injuries to Virgil van Dijk, Joe Gomez and Joel Matip.

On the surface it appeared to be another fool-proof signing from Michael Edwards.

Davies' contract at Preston was expiring and Liverpool moved quickly to beat Celtic to his signature. At half a million pounds it was worth the risk and should he go on meet a number of performance related clauses the Reds would pay up to £1.6m in total for his services.

If not, then they could sell on at a time when there still remained plenty interested in the defender and make a profit on their investment.

And for Davies it was win-win.

He got to try himself at one of Europe's biggest clubs and if it didn't work out he knew there would be good offers on the table.

In truth, he always needed a bit of luck if he was to force his way into Klopp's thinking and past the man who arrived on the same day with a much bigger pedigree, Kabak.

But following the narrative of Liverpool's season, luck has abandoned him when he's needed it most.

An injury almost immediately after signing on the dotted line didn't help his cause. Indeed, Klopp labelled his absence from the squad to face Leicester City in early February as "unbelievable".

Unfortunately for Liverpool, injuries in the centre of defence have been all too believable this term.

And when Kabak subsequently missed Liverpool's home meeting with Fulham, Klopp chose not to pick Davies and instead turned back to Academy graduate Rhys Williams.

Klopp had hinted as much beforehand, as the Reds boss looked for stability and familiarity in defence at a tricky time for Liverpool.

“For Ben it’s not easy in our situation; we brought him in and he has to adapt and all of these kind of things. He is a really good player," he said.

“If you bring one new player and then a second new player it changes everything, so we have to see which decision we make for it."

A 1-0 defeat followed for Liverpool and that could have ended things for the young pairing.

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Indeed, they weren't reunited until Saturday, when they kept a clean sheet in a 2-0 victory over Southampton.

Williams turned in an impressive performance as Phillips continued his fine form since being thrust into the limelight this season.

Both players have done their career prospects no harm, capitalising on a season of uncertainty to increase their reputation in the top flight.

For Williams, another loan could follow next term as the Reds look to continue his development. Just 20, his last spell away from Liverpool was in the National League North, the sixth tier of English football. He can hope for a spell in the Championship next season.

Phillips was on the verge of leaving Liverpool last summer and was even left out of the Reds' Champions League squad for the first half of the campaign. A move to the Championship seemed likely but Phillips has shown he is capable of playing at Premier League level.

Whether that will be with Liverpool is uncertain, with the Reds looking forward to the return of Van Dijk, Gomez and Matip in pre-season, as well as targeting a new, senior centre-back.

So for Davies, missing out on what appeared to be the perfect chance to finally make his Liverpool bow must have been a hard pill to swallow.

Sidelined with another injury, he may have seen his last chance to force his way into the side evaporate.

And with it his Liverpool future.

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It may seem harsh at this stage, and Klopp's suggestion that like Andy Robertson in 2017, Davies is simply a spell adjusting to the step up is evidence that there is hope for Davies.

But it won't have aided his cause that when Liverpool have been desperate, he has either been unavailable or overlooked.

At 25, he doesn't have youth on his side like Williams, nor does he now have the body of work that Phillips has shown should he want to stick around in case such ill luck befalls the Reds again next season.

Instead it appears more likely that the Reds do indeed cash in and Davies can use his spell at Liverpool as a learning curve for his next move.

"I think a football career is so short and you need to try to be on that pitch as much as you can," said Davies when he joined the club.

"So when this door is open, I look to come in and try to get in the first team, play some games and help the team do well."

Opportunity knocked for Ben Davies but much like many of his team-mates, he found lady luck absent when he needed her most.