Crewe Alexandra are targeting young Liverpool goalkeeper Harvey Davies, with the Reds expected to allow their 19-year-old hot prospect to join the League Two club on loan, according to journalist Alan Nixon.
Davies is some way off making a first team appearance at Liverpool, but the youngster has impressed when starting in goal for the Merseyside club in the Premier League 2.
He’s risen through multiple age brackets to become the Liverpool U21’s first choice goalkeeper towards the back-end of last campaign, keeping two consecutive clean sheets in net for the Reds in his final two appearances.
Now, EFL clubs such as Crewe are taking a keen interest in the Liverpool born shot-stopper.
Who Is Harvey Davies?
The 19-year-old goalkeeper has been at Liverpool all of his career up until this point, playing for both the U18’s and U19’s before making 16 appearances this season just gone in the U21 set-up.
Davies managed seven clean sheets in those starts for the Reds, only conceding 19 goals when called upon over the course of the campaign.
The youngster has even been afforded a spot on the substitutes bench at Liverpool on the big occasion, named on the bench twice in the Champions League by Jürgen Klopp – sitting on the bench alongside the likes of Darwin Núñez and Joël Matip in Liverpool’s disastrous 4-1 defeat away at Napoli.
Davies will now, however, swap the prestige of Champions League nights for League Two football with the Railwaymen if Alan Nixon’s report is correct.
Crewe Alexandra’s Goalkeeper Situation
Towards the end of the season just gone, Crewe showcased that they are a side willing to play youth especially when it comes to the goalkeeper position – homegrown teenager Tom Booth starting a handful of games in net, playing in goal when Crewe dramatically won against Bradford City 3-2.
Crewe mainstay Dave Richards is the other option at this moment in time down at Gresty Road in goal, the Welsh shot-stopper has been at the Railwaymen since 2015.
Last campaign, Crewe conceded 60 goals in total. In contrast, Tranmere Rovers who finished directly above Lee Bell’s men only leaked 48 goals.
Therefore, it could be argued that Lee Bell’s side need a fresh face in goal for next campaign to ensure the ball is kept out of the net more often.
Davies will need to get up to speed quick however if he does make the loan move, the 19-year-old will arrive highly-rated from Liverpool but without any real minutes under his belt in the men’s game.
Loan moves are often crucial for a young player’s development, the step-up from playing for the U21’s to the men’s game in the EFL is a challenge.
But, many young players often rise to that challenge and cite it as beneficial when their careers blossom and they go on to achieve bigger and better things.
Crewe will hope Davies will be a success if he does join the Railwaymen and Davies himself will be raring to go to prove himself away from Liverpool in League Two and justify the hype surrounding him.