Former Liverpool defender Mark Lawrenson has admitted he wouldn’t be surprised to see Brighton defender, Ben White, eventually seal a move to Anfield.
White was linked with a move to the Reds in the summer and has once again emerged as a potential target, with Virgil van Dijk set to miss the season for Liverpool.
And although Graham Potter has played down any talk of a move for White, Lawrenson has admitted that he isn’t surprised to see Liverpool being mentioned, although he feels a move may be too early for the 23-year-old as things stand.
“It wouldn’t surprise me if, 18 months or two years down the line, he goes somewhere big, in inverted commas. Whether it is Liverpool remains to be seen,” Lawrenson told the Argus.
“He improved during his year at Leeds and he will certainly understand about fitness, playing for Marcelo Bielsa. It is not surprising he has been mentioned with the likes of Liverpool looking at him. I’m sure they are looking at him and why wouldn’t you?”
White has stepped into the fold this season under Potter and is now a first-team regular for Brighton, who are once again looking to cement themselves in the Premier League.
The Seagulls will want to keep hold of White, who only signed a new deal in the summer.
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White is certainly looking good enough to be able to make a move to a team right at the top of the table. But whether he is ready to step in for someone as good as Van Dijk remains to be seen.
The Dutchman is a colossus for Liverpool, so that added pressure on White’s shoulders could be a lot to handle.
But, he is a fine player and took things in his stride at Leeds. If he was to move, there’s no doubt he would relish the opportunity and probably become a first-team regular at Anfield.