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Liverpool scouting Leeds loanee Ben White

According to The Athletic’s Phil Hay, Liverpool are continuing to scout Ben White.

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The 22-year-old is currently on loan at Leeds from Premier League side Brighton, and has established himself as a key part of Marcelo Bielsa’s side, making 37 appearances across all competitions.

Now, Hay claims Liverpool scout Andy O’Brien has been closely following his development at Elland Road, and that the Reds could consider a potential summer transfer.

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Whether Brighton would be willing to let him go once he returns to them however, remains to be seen.

Shrewd move

If Liverpool do end up acting on their reported scouting missions of the centre-back, then it could well turn out to be a shrewd move for the Reds.

Jurgen Klopp’s side have already seen how less high-profile players like Andy Robertson and Sadio Mane can develop into key pieces in the first-team, with the duo helping the Merseyside outfit to a Champions League triumph last season.

There is certainly a lot of logic to going after players who may be under the radar, with the Premier League’s biggest sides naturally wanting to sign the big marquee names. But White’s performances at Championship level, points to someone who has really come on leaps and bounds.

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As per Whoscored, his impressive average of 2.4 interceptions per game is the second-best of any player in English football’s second tier, with only Barnsley’s Mads Andersen registering more with 2.5. It’s a statistic that quite remarkably is also better than what both Virgil van Dijk and Joe Gomez have combined for this season in the Premier League, managing one and 1.2 respectively.

It points to a player who has an excellent reading of the game, and makes the right decisions defensively, and could well be another shrewd acquisition for Liverpool if they do sign him.

Meanwhile, Jurgen Klopp’s comments about Liverpool’s transfer plans are worrying.

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