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Liverpool supporters react to Ben White reports

Leeds United will be playing Premier League football next season following their Championship-winning campaign and one of their players has been absolutely fundamental to the club’s success.

The main area of concern for Marcelo Bielsa and Leeds will be the conclusion of Ben White’s loan deal at Elland Road.

White, 22, has started and finished every single Championship match under Bielsa this season and capped off a stellar campaign with a stunning volleyed goal against Charlton during last night’s 4-0 victory – no wonder he has attracted interest from some of England’s biggest clubs.

LEEDS, ENGLAND – JULY 22: Naby Sarr of Charlton Athletic and Ben White of Leeds United compete for the ball during the Sky Bet Championship match between Leeds United and Charlton Athletic at Elland Road on July 22, 2020 in Leeds, England. Football Stadiums around Europe remain empty due to the Coronavirus Pandemic as Government social distancing laws prohibit fans inside venues resulting in all fixtures being played behind closed doors. (Photo by Michael Regan/Getty Images)

This raises the question as to whether Liverpool could be amongst some of the English heavyweights looking to bring in the talented defender next season.

While it is possible he could return to his parent club Brighton, White’s form for Leeds this season could mean the player’s value will be the highest it’s ever been and the club may look to cash out.

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White can operate as both a central defender as well as a holding midfielder which could be extremely beneficial for Liverpool.

 

According to reports from The Mail, Dejan Lovren has recently been made the subject of a £9 million bid from Zenit St Petersburg which could be too much money to turn down for a 31-year-old potentially prompting Liverpool to sell.

If this is indeed the case, then Liverpool will need to expand their options.

Also, it is a potential move that was even suggested on the Leeds That Podcast where Adam Forshaw claimed White would be an ideal fit for Jurgen Klopp and Liverpool.

Sky Sports recently claimed that Liverpool were among those keen while The Mail have quoted the defender at £20 million.

LEEDS, ENGLAND – JULY 22: Ben White of Leeds United scores his team’s first goal during the Sky Bet Championship match between Leeds United and Charlton Athletic at Elland Road on July 22, 2020 in Leeds, England. Football Stadiums around Europe remain empty due to the Coronavirus Pandemic as Government social distancing laws prohibit fans inside venues resulting in all fixtures being played behind closed doors. (Photo by Michael Regan/Getty Images)

An ideal fit

“I think Ben would be a good fit at a top Premier League team – I don’t think Leeds fans would thank me for saying this,” Forshaw said. “He’s a top lad and he’s got everything. He’d suit a club like that [Liverpool].

Liverpool currently occupy four defensive option in the centre of defence. Virgil van Dijk and Joe Gomez are currently identified as Klopp’s preferred partnership although Joel Matip has also staked his claim as a defensive regular prior his knee injury in October.

If the PL champions are to sell Lovren then Liverpool will look for a replacement that has both age and ability on his side. White certainly meets that criteria and considering his young age could seriously blossom under the guidance of Champions League winners such as Van Dijk and Gomez.

SWANSEA, WALES – JULY 12: Rhian Brewster of Swansea City battles with Ben White of Leeds United during the Sky Bet Championship match between Swansea City and Leeds United at the Liberty Stadium on July 12, 2020 in Swansea, Wales. (Photo by Athena Pictures/Getty Images)

Reaction

It certainly is a transfer that has attracted a lot of attention and is one that a number of Liverpool supporters would welcome.

Here are a selection of tweets reacting to the rumours linking White with a potential Anfield move this summer…

https://twitter.com/rozay_pressure/status/1286018450499010562

https://twitter.com/SiggyBalls/status/1284642282642251777

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