Liverpool in the battle to sign €25m-rated English centre-back

The Merseyside giants are reportedly interested in bringing Ben White to the club this summer. The 23-year-old defender has been on Liverpool’s radar for some time and shone as Brighton condemned the champions to back-to-back home league defeats for the first time since 2012.

Ben once again caught the eye of the German manager and assistant Pepijn Linders, who took particular note of his mobility, distribution and calmness on the ball. Liverpool are understood to have been monitoring White since October 2019, when he was starring on loan for Leeds on their way to the Championship title.

Leeds tried to sign him permanently but had three bids, the last worth £30m, turned down. The English centre-back was named in last campaign’s PFA Championship team of the year and made his league debut for Brighton, whose academy he joined at 16 after being released by Southampton, in their 2020/21 opener with Chelsea.

The Merseyside giants have been devastated by defensive injuries this campaign and had to use their 18th different centre-back pairing of the campaign in Saturday’s Merseyside derby loss to Everton after Jordan Henderson was forced off with a hamstring problem.

Having decided against signing a new defender last summer, despite the sale of Dejan Lovren to Zenit, Liverpool are almost certain to do business on that front in the next window unless Ozan Kabak, currently on loan from Schalke, really makes his mark between now and the end of the campaign.

They have the option to buy Turkish international for an initial fee of £18m. With senior defenders Virgil van Dijk, Joe Gomez and Joel Matip all having missed most of the season so far, the Merseyside giants have seen their attempt to retain the title falter.