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Report: Liverpool set to return for Ben White next summer

Thiago Alcantara and Georginio Wijnaldum may continue to dominate the media agenda yet there was recently another unresolved contractual situation that was among the interest of Liverpool supporters.

After a successful loan spell under Marcelo Bielsa, White ended speculation regarding his future after signing a new contract at Brighton amid reported interest from Liverpool, as per James Pearce.

Pearce revealed that White indeed has been the subject of interest for Liverpool for some time now and that if the price is right, it could represent a deal Brighton could condone sanctioning in the future.

Speaking on The Athletic’s Red Agenda podcast, he said: “A number of names have been branded around but nothing concrete at this early stage.”

“A couple of interesting ones, Ben White is certainly someone Liverpool have watched previously he’s had a good season with Leeds.

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“I know he has gone back to Brighton who have since made it publically clear that they are very reluctant to sell him though of course, I’m sure there is a price that they would be willing to do business.”

The ECHO also confirmed that White was scouted extensively last season in the Championship by Liverpool as they looked to keep tabs on a potential defensive prospect for the future.

LEEDS, ENGLAND – AUGUST 31: Ben White of Leeds United battles for the ball with Borja Gonzalez of Swansea City during the Sky Bet Championship match between Leeds United and Swansea City at Elland Road on August 31, 2019 in Leeds, England. (Photo by George Wood/Getty Images)

White, 22, was seen as a viable and realistic option to replace Dejan Lovren who recently left the club following a move to Zenit St Petersburg.

Having established himself as one of the emerging and highly-rated young defenders in England, Liverpool had to keep close tabs on a player that ticks many boxes in the eyes of the club’s recruitment team.

Despite Brighton turning down bids in the region of £30m for the former Leeds loanee, reports indicate that Liverpool will be one of the teams to return to the table next summer, provided his performances levels continue in an upwards trajectory.

Brighton’s stance indicates the youngster is likely set up for a big year in the English top-flight and what remains certain is that Liverpool will be looking on with a watchful eye.

In 12 months time, White will have a full Premier League campaign under his belt and will have made the necessary adjustments coupled by the experience required to potentially cut it at one of the world’s biggest clubs such as Liverpool.

The Reds will take a closer analysis towards White over the next 12 months and will hopefully have had sufficient time to deem whether a move for the player would be in the club’s best interests financially to break the bank for a potential future superstar.

WEST BROMWICH, ENGLAND – JANUARY 01: Ben White of Leeds United looks on during the Sky Bet Championship match between West Bromwich Albion and Leeds United at The Hawthorns on January 01, 2020 in West Bromwich, England. (Photo by Malcolm Couzens/Getty Images)

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Liverpool not signing White this summer is perhaps the sensible standpoint as he is still very much unproven at the top level.

Also, given his £40m asking price, Jurgen Klopp couldn’t justify spending such an extortionate figure on a player while the club still maintains a reluctance to move for Bayern Munich midfielder Thiago Alcantara.

There is no escaping that Liverpool could do with some defensive cover given the departure of Lovren, yet the club will want to ensure that if they are to spend big to find a viable replacement then it will have to be someone who is guaranteed to be a success in the Premier League.

For White, this just isn’t the case as of yet.

However, as The ECHO reports, in 2021, the landscape regarding the plausibility behind a deal could have changed entirely.

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