It’s no secret that Liverpool need central defenders but all the speculation is suggesting that the Premier League champions won’t make moves on this front until the summer.
Virgil van Dijk and Joe Gomez are both sidelined for the foreseeable future and Joel Matip has been yoyo-ing in and out of the treatment room all season, meaning that Fabinho, a midfielder, is Jurgen Klopp’s best and most reliable centre-back by a million miles right now.
With the transfer window open again, some Liverpool fans will be livid if they fail to strengthen this area – which Klopp himself has effectively confirmed already – but it looks like the Reds have a more long-term view on the matter.
The Echo has reported that one centre-back of ‘genuine interest’ is Brighton & Hove Albion’s Ben White, whom the club scouted ‘extensively’ last season during a loan with Leeds United.
The 23-year-old is valued by the Seagulls at around £50 million and The Echo added that one thing in particular about White will be ‘extremely attractive’ to Klopp – his versatility.
The former Leeds loanee can play right-back and Marcelo Bielsa also used him as a defensive midfielder at times last term when he needed to.
As this season has proven with Fabinho, versatility goes a long way indeed and if Klopp believes that the young English powerhouse can be effective across a number of different defensive roles then you can see why Liverpool like him so much.
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