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Liverpool Facing Stiff Competition In Pursuit Of This English Centre-Back: Right Choice For Klopp?

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Abhinab Ghosh
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In a recent report, The Daily Mirror has mentioned that Liverpool are facing stiff competition in pursuit of Brighton and Hove Albion centre-back Ben White this summer. It is believed that the Reds will have to rival Arsenal, Tottenham Hotspur and Manchester United in the race to acquire the English defensive ace’s signature during this summer transfer period  (via The Daily Mirror).

White’s Impressive Form At The American Express Community Stadium Last Season

White experienced a solid campaign with the Seagulls as he put in several commanding performances at the heart of Graham Potter’s defence. The Poole-born sensation featured in 39 matches for Brighton last season, picking up three yellow cards in the process across all fronts.

The 23-year-old was a rock at the back for his current club based on his average of 1.4 tackles, 1.7 interceptions and 1.4 clearances per 90 minutes in the 2020-21 Premier League campaign. White even managed to distribute the ball with conviction after making 83.2% of his attempted passes in the English top-flight last season (stats via whoscored).

The way the English central defender has been playing of late, it is no surprise that there is so much interest in his services. Hence, Liverpool would be wise to move in quickly if they are serious about bringing White to Anfield in this off-season.

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Will White Be A Good Choice For The Reds?

White is a moderately paced defender who can work his socks off for the benefit of his teammates. He is often quick to react to the danger and can use his powerful 1.89m frame to dominate the opposition in the air. The English defensive ace is a decent tackler of the ball and has got the hunger to win the ball back for his side. He is also a composed presence on the ball and is proficient at playing his way out from the back.

Hence, White will be an excellent choice for Liverpool as he will add some depth to their defensive department. Jurgen Klopp is a world-class man-manager, so he will be the perfect man to oversee the Brighton star’s development at Anfield if the Reds can seal a move for him ahead of the new campaign.

White will bring plenty of quality to Klopp’s first team and could help the Merseysiders challenge for the Premier League title once again next season. All in all, the two-time England international will be a clever option for Klopp to consider during this summer transfer window as he could potentially go on to form a dominant centre-back partnership with Virgil Van Dijk at Merseyside in the years to come.

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