Liverpool are in need of a centre back, that’s no secret. Jürgen Klopp is down to just the chronically crocked Joel Matip in the middle of the defence, many believe the club will move for reinforcements in January. Liverpool could well sign Ben White when you consider the precedent set by Virgil van Dijk.
Liverpool centre back crisis
Have you ever seen anything like it?
Liverpool have lost their starting centre back partnership for the rest of the season.
We may well see one half of the duo again towards the end of the campaign but they won’t play together again until next term.
Virgil van Dijk had his campaign ended by Jordan Pickford in the Merseyside Derby after a reckless lunge.
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Whilst Joe Gomez had his season cut short during England training, the congested schedule likely taking its toll.
Given that Joel Matip is the only natural centre back left standing, many believe the Reds will move a new defender in January.
Liverpool target Ben White
The Liverpool ECHO recently claimed that Liverpool are still scouting Ben White following the injury blow to Joe Gomez.
The Brighton centre back caught the eye of a number of sides last season with his outstanding performances for Leeds United in the Championship.
The Seasiders decided not to cash in on the 23-year-old this summer, opting to keep him at the club, tying him down to a new four-year-deal in September.
Van Dijk precedent
Liverpool could well still sign Ben White when you consider the precedent set by the arrival of Virgil van Dijk.
The £75m signing of the Dutchman in 2018 showed that the Reds are prepared to pay what it takes to bag their top targets.
Many believed at the time that we’d overpaid for the defender.
Just months later these critics were left with egg on their face.
Sure, Ben White may be a bit expensive for Liverpool but if the Reds do want him then we can expect them to stump up the cash.
At just 23-years-old he has plenty of time to grow and develop – we could be watching him partner Joe Gomez for years to come.