This summer Liverpool will be strengthening in depth as opposed to trying to improve on the first XI. The Reds may have the best starting lineup in the world but some key positions require some backing up, particularly centre back given that Dejan Lovren has joined Zenit. Liverpool have consistently been linked with a move for Ben White to plug this gap; they should have an edge over Leeds United in their pursuit.
A gap in defence
Whilst four centre backs may seem excessive given that you don’t want to tinker with your defence too often in a season, you never want to be caught short.
When you consider the injury record of Joe Gomez and Joel Matip it is pretty important to have a backup, otherwise we could end up thrusting Sepp van den Berg into first team football sooner than we’d hoped.
Jürgen Klopp will likely be looking for a young centre back who can develop whilst deputising for the first choice pairing and playing in the domestic cups.
Liverpool chasing Ben White
The Mirror are just one of a number of outlets reporting that Liverpool have Ben White on their shopping list.
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The defender was a standout performer for Leeds United as they won the Championship last season.
Now back at his parent club, Brighton & Hove Albion, the player is thought to be in high demand.
Sky Sports has claimed that the player will cost any potential suitors £30m after Leeds allegedly had a bid of £18.5m rejected.
Reds have edge over Leeds
Liverpool should have the edge over Leeds United in the race for Ben White.
Brighton are unlikely to want to sell their prized defender to a potential rival in the Premier League.
Both sides are predicted to be scrapping in the bottom half of the table next season, the last thing Brighton would want to do would be to strengthen one of their competitors.
If the Seagulls would surely much prefer to sell White to Liverpool where he will be used as and when needed and will be playing for a team at the other end of the table – the Reds aren’t going to be fighting relegation with Brighton are they?
This dynamic could hopefully be a decisive factor when it comes to where White ends up.
The 22-year-old would be the ideal fourth choice: he is young, composed and confident on the ball and would contribute towards the home-grown quota.