It’s no secret that Liverpool needs central defenders but all the speculation is suggesting that the Premier League champions won’t make moves on this front until the summer, and that will only keep bringing the speculations.
After winning the Premier League in style last season, the reigning champions are yet to recapture their scintillating title-winning form. While they currently sit at the top of the table, their rivals Manchester United have a chance to go three points ahead of them if they win their game in hand.
Klopp’s side has been hampered by injury problems, with important players like Virgil van Dijk and Joe Gomez set to miss the majority of the season with knee injuries.
With the transfer window open again, some Liverpool fans will be livid if they fail to strengthen this area – which Klopp himself has effectively confirmed already – but it looks like the Reds have a more long-term view on the matter.
The Echo has reported that one centre-back of ‘genuine interest’ is Brighton & Hove Albion’s Ben White, whom the club scouted ‘extensively’ last season during a loan with Leeds United.
After displaying fantastic form for Brighton and Hove Albion, Ben White has reportedly been on the radar of a number of top clubs including Liverpool and is priced at 3/1 with online pokies australia to make the switch to Merseyside.
The 23-year-old Englishman could be the answer to Klopp’s centre-back conundrum and Liverpool’s chances of retaining the Premier League trophy may well hinge on their ability to bring in a quality centre-back.
According to reports, White is valued by the Seagulls at around £50 million and The Echo added that one thing in particular about White will be ‘extremely attractive’ to Klopp – his versatility.
The former Leeds loanee can play right-back and Marcelo Bielsa also used him as a defensive midfielder at times last term when he needed to.
However, high roller online casinos bookies reckon Liverpool could potentially find the answer to their defensive frailties elsewhere with Conor Coady and Tyrone Mings priced at 4/1 and 5/1 respectively to join the Merseyside’s.
If instead Klopp looks to add some firepower in attack there are a number of potential options. One long shot priced up is Dele Alli at 16/1, a player who has fallen out of favour at Tottenham and may be on the lookout for a new challenge, as per gooner news.
As this season has proven with Fabinho, versatility goes a long way indeed and if Klopp believes that the young English powerhouse can be effective across a number of different defensive roles then you can see why Liverpool like him so much.