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Analysing Liverpool’s reported transfer target: Ben White vs Joe Gomez

According to a recent report from Sky Sports, Liverpool are among the clubs who are monitoring the situation of Brighton’s Ben White.

The 22-year-old centre-back is currently on loan at Leeds United and has been highly impressive in the Championship this season, warranting an interest from the Reds and the likes of Chelsea and Tottenham Hotspur.

The current Champions League holders are not expected to follow up their interest in the current window, though.

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And with 29 appearances to his name before the weekend’s clash against Sheffield Wednesday, it’s safe to say that White has become a mainstay in Marcelo Bielsa’s starting XI.

But the attention from Liverpool is particularly interesting given Joe Gomez’s success at Liverpool since he left Championship outfit Charlton for Anfield in 2015.

And if we compare Gomez’s maiden season in the Championship, which was also his last before the move to Anfield, to White’s current campaign in the same competition, we can see exactly why Jurgen Klopp has taken an interest in the young defender.

White is actually outperforming Gomez’s stats from 2014/15 in almost all important defensive categories.

His 1.8 tackles and 2.6 interceptions per game edge out the current Liverpool man’s 1.4 and 1.7 respectively.

White is also averaging more clearances per game with 3.6 compared to three from his counterpart.

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The only stat in which he falls short – albeit marginally, at best – is times dribbled past per game, with Gomez’s 0.3 compared to White’s 0.4.

But the fact that the current Leeds loanee is actually miles ahead in terms of passing abilities – as evident from his 84.8% compared to 68.4% from Gomez – is just further proof that Liverpool could be looking in exactly the right place for a new defensive recruit.

It has to be noted, however, that Gomez played 15 games at full-back and nine at centre-back in the 2014/15 season, according to Transfermarkt’s database, so naturally his passing accuracy is somewhat lower due to the attacking responsibilities full-backs carry in the modern game.

Equally, it is pertinent to note that Gomez started the season as a 17-year-old whereas White was 21 when the Whites began their promotion charge.

The point, however, remains – White’s imperious displays in the second tier of English football point to his suitability to a move to Liverpool in the summer.

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