LIVERPOOL have completed the shock £2million transfer of Preston's Ben Davies to fill their centre-back void.
Championship star Davies, 25, was all set to move to Celtic but Liverpool have swept on in.
It appeared just a matter of whether Celtic signed him now or in the summer, when his North End contract expires.
But they have been blown out the water at the 11th hour with Jurgen Klopp showing some surprise interest late in the window.
Preston accepted a £500,000 fee plus add-ons for Davies.
Davies told Liverpoolfc.com: "I'm obviously delighted to be here. It's a huge opportunity.
"Obviously it came as a bit of a surprise when it first came (out) but once you start to get your head around it, the opportunity that is in front of me is incredible.
"I'd be silly to not make the most of it and learn off the players (at the club)."
The Reds are currently without Virgil van Dijk and Joe Gomez due to potentially season-ending injuries.
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And with Joel Matip sidelined too, Klopp has had a rethink on his initial plans not to bring in a new central defender.
It has led them to opt for a cut-price option of Davies, who was on loan at Liverpool's lower-league neighbours Tranmere earlier in his career.
The 6ft 1in ace came through the ranks at Preston and has made just shy of 150 appearances for the club to date.
Davies has played 19 games this season with Preston currently 11th in the Championship.
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This move comes after the shock news Liverpool were considering bringing in Arsenal defender Shkodran Mustafi.
Liverpool have revived their title hopes, despite their injury woes at the back, with back-to-back wins at Tottenham and West Ham.
And Klopp has decided the club need to strengthen their defensive options with a huge clash against leaders Manchester City looming next Sunday.
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