Liverpool have already got their sights on the summer transfer window with Brighton’s Ben White a transfer target, according to a report.
White was linked with the champions last summer after helping Leeds to promotion from the Championship.
The Yorkshire club were desperate to sign the 23-year-old and saw a number of bids rebuffed by Brighton. Liverpool had also been checking on White and were told that the defender was signing a new deal on the south coast.
Now the Liverpool Echo report that White remains “of genuine interest” to Liverpool and sporting director Michael Edwards.
Jurgen Klopp’s need for a centre-back may well be desperate, but Liverpool’s scouting works two windows in advance. The Echo claim White was scrutinised last summer in view of a bid being made in the summer of 2021.
The departure of Dejan Lovren in the summer left Jurgen Klopp light in the central defensive area. And the injuries to Virgil van Dijk, Joe Gomez and Joel Matip have almost left him high and dry.
Fabinho and even Jordan Henderson have dropped into the back four, while Nat Phillips and Rhys Williams have been called upon.
Still the champions’ defensive record has been decent enough with he 21 goals conceded in 17 games.
Klopp has publicly claimed he is calm over the need for a new defender and this month may not provide the right opportunities.
That may well be because the Reds have a summer plan to land White, whom they have a detailed dossier already.
The local paper report that “all work in the recruitment department at present is focusing on the summer transfer window”.
The financial impact of the Covid-19 pandemic is still hitting Liverpool hard, with no fans able to watch the champions defend their first title in 30 years.
Edwards is thought to be ready to revaluate their position in the summer and most likely the target top of their list will be White.
Fabinho highlights missing component
Meanwhile, Liverpool midfielder Fabinho says that the confidence among his teammates to grind out a win from any situation has somewhat dropped off this season.
The Reds cantered to their first league title in 30 years last term, making history along the way. The record for the earliest title win – secured with seven games to go – featured among the club’s achievements.
Indeed, the best ever start to a season across Europe, winning 26 of the first 27 games, helped them on their way.
After 17 games last season, Liverpool had accrued 49 points from a possible 51. This time round, however, they have only managed 33 points in the same period.
Speaking to ESPN Brazil (via Sport Witness), Fabinho outlined how his teammates must trust in their process.
“In the league, unfortunately we lost some points that we didn’t lose last season,” the Brazil international said.
“It goes through a matter of trust. Last year, we had this confidence that we could win the games at any time, with collective action, individual play.”