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Report: Liverpool could accelerate interest in Ben White

The ECHO have claimed that Liverpool are still scouting Ben White as the club potentially looks to accelerate their transfer plans following the injury to Joe Gomez.

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Gomez, 23, sustained a knee injury during training on national team duty with England and has since returned back to Liverpool to undergo further diagnosis on the issue with the club’s medical team.

The latest defensive setback leaves Jurgen Klopp with just one recognised option at centre-back in the form of Joel Matip, who has started just three matches for Liverpool in the last 13 months.

Nat Phillips and Rhys Williams could provide additional cover for the manager having stepped up for the Reds in recent weeks, however, Gomez’s injury setback will only likely have accelerated Liverpool’s transfer plans even further.

White, 23, is in stunning form for Brighton this season under Graham Potter starting every Premier League match this season. Last term he clocked up 46 appearances in the Championship with Marcelo Bielsa following a loan spell at Elland Road with Leeds United.

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The report states that White is among several long-term targets for the club and that Liverpool’s ongoing injury crisis could look to bring forward any potential interest from next summer.

 

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What RTK has to say

There is no doubt that White would be a welcomed addition at Anfield given Liverpool’s current predicament. However, much of who the club chooses to buy will be dictated by price.

White has contract with Brighton which is active until 2024 which would indicate that the Seagulls are in no immediate position to sell and that the player will not come cheaply for Liverpool.

He was reportedly subject to bids from Leeds United earlier in the summer, where he spent last season. Sky Sports claim Brighton rejected £22m from them, while the Star believes they wanted £40m.

Brighton were reluctant to sell White during the off-season which means if they were to part company with one of their best players halfway through the 2020/21 campaign, it would take a substantial amount of money.

With that said, Liverpool and more specifically, sporting director Michael Edwards are notoriously tough negotiators meaning it is unlikely the club would condone such an eye-watering figure when there are cheaper alternatives in the market.

Upamecano for instance, is reportedly available for a release clause at the end of the season. Negotiating with RB Leipzig for him – a 22-year-old with enormous potential – just fits the bill far better than White given Liverpool’s maintained transfer model that prioritises deals based on determining factors such as plausibility and cost.

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