Liverpool closely monitoring 22-year-old English centre-back

Ben White’s former boss has urged the Merseyside giants to sign the in-demand Brighton centre-back. Newport boss Michael Flynn signed the 22-year-old centre-back on loan for the 2017/18 campaign in what was the defender’s first taste of regular, senior football.

Ben then went on loan to Peterborough, before impressing for Leeds in their promotion-winning Championship campaign last term. Brighton rejected an improved £22m bid for Ben from Leeds earlier this week, amid the player turning down two new deal offers from the Seagulls.

It is a transfer saga which could rumble on towards the end of the summer window with the Reds fan Flynn keen to see Ben at Liverpool. Liverpool, along with Chelsea, have been linked with rivalling Leeds for Ben, and Flynn said: “I’d love to see him at Liverpool. I know Pep Lijnders, the assistant, he’s an unbelievable coach.”

“So I know he will help Ben improve. He’s got to do what’s best for Ben White. That could be getting a season in the Premier League with regular games at Brighton, which I think he could do. Graham Potter might want to keep him and bring him on and then sell him for more money after a year in the Premier League.”

“That’s a decision for Ben, but for biased reasons, I’d be edging him towards Liverpool.” The English centre-back played every minute of Leeds’ Championship season as they ended their 16-year exile from the PL. And Flynn believes ‘the sky is the limit’ for his former footballers.