Liverpool can’t realistically improve their first team at the moment. The Reds are miles ahead of the pack and as such there are few players in the world that could get into the side, those that could are unaffordable. Instead we will look to the future, if Liverpool do sign Ben White it would all but confirm Dejan Lovren’s departure.
The Reds signed Lovren in 2014, paying Southampton £20m for the Croatian defender.
He has had a tumultuous career at Anfield. Although he has never been terrible he has never established himself as the commanding centre back that we bought to steady a shaky rearguard.
The 30-year-old has been rumoured for an exit for some time now. Although he has had his nervy moments at Anfield, he is a top class defender and is far too good to spend his prime years on the bench.
The Liverpool ECHO recently reported that he could be let go for as little as £10m.
With various outlets, including Sky Sports, reporting that Liverpool are chasing Ben White, the young defender’s arrival would surely spell the end for Dejan Lovren.
At the minute Dejan is our fourth choice. It would make sense for all involved if Liverpool moved him on and replaced him with a young defender that can step into the first team over the next four years.
At just 22-years-old, Ben White is ideal to take over the role of backup to the backup. He will learn from the best training with Virgil van Dijk and Joe Gomez and will of course be handed games when players have niggles or need a rest – he would certainly play in cup games.
It is more useful to Jürgen Klopp having a young backup with potential as opposed to a veteran that will decline in the next few years. Liverpool should sign Ben White and develop him for the future, sending Dejan Lovren out to pasture in the Italian Serie A along the way.