Liverpool keeping tabs on defender despite new deal

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Liverpool have had a remarkable summer.

Having endured a quiet opening to the transfer window, they have sprung into action, strengthening their squad with two significant additions.

They have paid just under £20m to sign Thiago Alcantara from Bayern Munich, a player who is one of the best midfielders in European football.

He adds genuine creativity to a midfield that could previously have been described as industrial rather than creative.

They have also spent just over £40m to sign Diogo Jota from Wolves, adding depth behind the brilliant attacking triumvirate of Roberto Firmino, Mohamed Salah, and Sadio Mane.

Konstantinos Tsimikas has also arrived from Olympiacos, providing another option at left-back, and they have begun the season in fine form.

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While they were eliminated from the EFL Cup after a penalty shootout defeat to Arsenal, they have beaten the Gunners in the Premier League and also defeated Leeds United and Chelsea in their opening games.

The Reds are still scouring the market, though, especially ahead of next summer, given that targets are often identified way ahead of the window opening.

The Liverpool Echo’s Reds correspondent, Paul Gorst, has reported that the club remain interested in Ben White, the Brighton & Hove Albion defender.

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There had been some suggestion that he could move to Leeds United after his initial loan move to Elland Road, but he signed a new contract at the Amex Stadium earlier this summer.

Still, Gorst claims that the Reds will keep tabs on White, though they are unlikely to sign Ismaila Sarr, having chosen to secure Jota instead of the Watford winger.

Speaking on the Agenda podcast, he said: "Liverpool will continue to take a look at Ben White and it could be a case that next summer they do look at him, but Sarr is a bit different.

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"He was on a three-man shortlist and the fact that they have got Jota means they are likely to cool interest in Sarr. It will be interesting to see where his next move is because he is too good to stay in the Championship.

"Watford's manager came out and spoke after the defeat to Newport County in the Carabao Cup that it looks like Sarr is going to move on this window so that might be that as far as Liverpool's interest goes."

GIVEMESPORT’S Harry Sherlock says…

Central defence is perhaps the only position that Liverpool haven’t properly strengthened in this transfer window.

Virgil van Dijk and Joe Gomez seem to be the club’s go-to duo but Dejan Lovren has departed in this transfer window and hasn’t been adequately replaced.

A move for White, even if it does come next summer, would go a long way to adding both depth and genuine quality to the defence.

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It would be expensive; his new contract means that Brighton are in no need to sell.

But Liverpool have more than enough money to bring the star to Merseyside and it would be a boon to both White and the Reds to have him on their books.

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