Manager breaks silence on Liverpool-linked defender amid rival pursuit

Date published: Friday 4th December 2020 10:59 - Isaac Johnson

Ben White

Brighton manager Graham Potter has commented on reports linking defender Ben White to Liverpool and two other Premier League rivals.

The centre-half, 23, caught the eye last season after helping Leeds United gain promotion to the Premier League during his loan spell at Elland Road.

The Yorkshire club were eager to make the move permanent but the Seagulls made it clear they had no intention of letting him leave.

White has been a first team regular at Brighton this season, featuring in 11 games so far.

According to the Mirror, his performances have attracted interest from injury-hit Liverpool who are after a centre-back after losing Virgil Van Dijk and Joe Gomez to long-term injuries.

The source adds that rivals Manchester United and Chelsea are also in pursuit of the talented defender.



Brighton manager Potter commented on the speculation, keen to keep cool on the situation.

He said: “He is a level-headed guy and he wants to play football at the very highest level.

“He gets down with his work. He was totally professional in the summer, despite the noise outside which you cannot control.

“He is a smart guy. We will try to help him enjoy his football as that is the most important thing.”

White featured in the Brighton side that held Liverpool to a 1-all draw at the Amex last month.

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