Liverpool have already set their sights on the summer transfer window with Brighton’s Ben White as the transfer target, according to a report.
White was linked with the champions last summer after helping Leeds get promoted from the championship.
The Yorkshire club were desperate to sign the 23-year-old and saw a number of offers rejected by Brighton. Liverpool had also checked on White and learned that the defender was signing a new deal on the south coast.
Now the Liverpool Echo report that White remains “of real interest” to Liverpool and sporting director Michael Edwards.
Jurgen Klopp’s need for a center-back may well be desperate, but Liverpool’s screening works two windows ahead. Echo White’s claim came under close scrutiny last summer for an offer made in the summer of 2021.
Dejan Lovren’s departure in summer left Jurgen Klopp lightweight in the central defensive zone. And the injuries of Virgil van Dijk, Joe Gomez and Joel Matip almost left him dry.
Fabinho and even Jordan Henderson fell in the last four, while Nat Phillips and Rhys Williams were called up.
Still, the champions’ defensive record has been pretty decent with 21 goals conceded in 17 games.
Klopp has publicly stated that he is calm about the need for a new defender and this month may not offer the right opportunities.
Maybe that’s because the Reds have a summer plan to land White, of which they already have a detailed dossier.
The local newspaper reports that “all the work in the recruiting department is currently focused on the summer transfer window.”
The financial impact of the Covid-19 pandemic is still hitting Liverpool hard, with no fan able to see the champions defend their first title in 30 years.
It is believed that Edwards is set to reassess his position this summer and the target at the top of his list will likely be white.
Fabinho highlights the missing component
Meanwhile, Liverpool midfielder Fabinho has said his team-mates’ confidence to achieve a win in any situation has waned somewhat this season.
The Reds galloped to their first league title in 30 years last season, making history along the way. Among the club’s achievements was the record for the first title victory – achieved with seven games to go – among the club’s achievements.
Indeed, the best start to the season ever in Europe, winning 26 of the first 27 games, helped them on their way.
After 17 games last season, Liverpool had accumulated 49 points out of a possible 51. This time around, however, they only managed 33 points in the same period.
Talk to ESPN Brazil (via Sport witness), Fabinho explained how his teammates have to trust their process.
“In the league, we unfortunately lost points that we did not lose last season,” said the Brazil international.
“It is a matter of trust. Last year we were confident that we could win the games anytime, with collective action, individual play.