Paul Robinson has suggested Ben White as a potential signing for injury-hit Liverpool but warned that his valuation will have gone up by ‘£15-20 million’, as he told Sky Sports (28/10/20 at 10:05 am).
Brighton defender White won promotion to the Premier League with Leeds last season, as Robinson shared that he watched him ‘closely’ at Elland Road and labelled him as an ‘outstanding’ player.
The Daily Star did link Liverpool’s name in the summer, as well as other several big-name Premier League hitters, to White’s signature given the impressive loan spell he had at Leeds.
But former England goalkeeper Robinson made it clear that Liverpool have to bring in a centre-back as soon as the window opens rather than dwelling on it until the end of January.
“They have do have the business ready,” Robinson told Sky Sports. “They have to do the business early on, i.e. the first day of the window and with a ready-made replacement.
“The problem they are going to come in that area is that everyone in world football now knows that Liverpool are struggling in that area. The price is all of a sudden escalated.
“You are looking at the likes of Ben White, who I watched closely at Leeds. He is an outstanding centre-half. His valuation at Brighton now if Liverpool come knocking is £15-20 million more than it would have been.”
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The extent of Van Dijk’s injury hasn’t been shared and given such circumstances the club have to prepare for the worst, such as the Dutchman not being available to them for the start of the next campaign.
If he is back then it’s a bonus for Jurgen Klopp, but if he’s not then Liverpool will be looking towards the players fit & available to step up.
Liverpool aren’t the type of team who go crazy in the transfer market, it is calculated and they haven’t spent in a gung-ho fashion like some of their rivals.
But the last time they spent big on a centre-back in January, it don’t work out too bad, did it?! So maybe it’s worth going down that route again.