Adam Lallana makes claim about Liverpool target Ben White
Adam Lallana may have whetted the appetite of Liverpool fans after telling The Times that Ben White reminds him of John Stones when in possession.
Of course, White is the name on everyone’s lips right now. The 23-year-old was promoted to the final England squad after Reds star Trent Alexander-Arnold pulled out with injury.
Going to Euro 2020 may spark an incredibly busy summer for White – if reports prove to be correct.
According to the Daily Mail, he is wanted by a number of Premier League sides, including Liverpool.
Brighton do not plan to let him go on the cheap. The report claims that the Seagulls would want £50 million for the centre-back.
And judging by comments from former Liverpool man Lallana, it would appear that he feels that Brighton would be right to demand a top fee for the youngster.
“The confidence he has in possession reminds me of John Stones,” he told The Times. “In the win over Romania, Ben drove the ball out of defence a couple of times and got his pass off, which is one of his strengths, especially when playing in a three with Brighton.
“When you do that in a back four, there is more risk. It takes courage to do it.”
Liverpool links with Ben White intriguing with Konate already signed
It is interesting to see Liverpool continue to be linked with White.
The Reds wasted little time finalising a move for Ibrahima Konate. And he has already impressed many of the supporters at the under-21 European Championships this summer.
Admittedly, you could understand if Jurgen Klopp was open to signing more defenders.
Obviously, they endured a nightmare run of luck this past season, particularly at the back.
But it would surely be a huge surprise if they parted with £50 million to bring another centre-back in in this window.
Having said that, White has been outstanding this past year. He won Brighton’s Player of the Season. And he is now preparing for Euro 2020.
And Lallana’s comments will surely alert some on Merseyside.
It is a huge claim to make a comparison with Stones.
But given the way he has stepped up every year over his career, perhaps there is reason to believe that signing White for £50 million could prove a masterstroke from one of his admirers.