Brighton boss Graham Potter sends transfer message to Ben White amid Liverpool interest

Graham Potter has told his Brighton star Ben White to keep focussing on his football as Liverpool consider a January swoop for the centre-back as they desperately hunt cover for the injured Virgil van Dijk.

Jurgen Klopp could be without his main defender for the rest of the season following Jordan Pickford’s knee-high tackle.

Van Dijk required surgery on his ACL which will be followed by months of rehab.

Joe Gomez and Joel Matip are the Reds’ only senior centre-backs after they failed to replace Dejan Lovren, who joined Zenit St. Petersburg this summer.

This problem area is likely to be addressed when the winter window opens and White is one option under consideration.

The 23-year-old spent last season on loan to Leeds as they earned promotion to the top flight.

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Marcelo Bielsa attempted to make the move permanent but Brighton rejected two offers from the Yorkshire side.

And Potter could be forced into another battle but this time against a much superior club.

“I think it is a bit like it was at the start of the season,” Potter said. “All sorts of talk about him doing this, him doing that, and it is generated by outside, by outside of our control really.

“It is part of the football noise. The transfer window closed last week and we are already having conversations around transfer speculation. It’s just the way it is.

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“I know he is level-headed enough to not let it affect him. I think at this level you have to know it is part of the territory.

“It is part of the job of being a footballer, while it’s part of what you have to deal with. Consistently all he has done is get on with his football.

“He has come into training, tried to be professional, tried his best, and tried to play football. I have no concerns about Ben.”

When Leeds made their offer this summer they were apparently told to pay £50million to land the Englishman.

“I haven’t heard anything about that,” Potter added.

“Apparently if it comes in the media, it must be true, eh?”

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