Ben White’s former coach has urged Jurgen Klopp’s Liverpool to sign the in-demand Brighton & Hove Albion defender.

Newport manager Michael Flynn signed White on loan for the 2017/18 term in what was the centre-half’s first taste of regular, senior football.

The 22-year-old star then went on loan to Peterborough, before impressing for the Whites in their promotion-winning Championship season last term.

Brighton & Hove Albion rejected an improved £22 million offer for White from Leeds United earlier this week, in spite of the player turning down two new deal offers from the Seagulls.

It is a summer transfer saga which could rumble on towards the end of the summer market with Liverpool fan Flynn keen to see Ben at Anfield.

The Reds, along with Chelsea, have been mentioned with rivalling Leeds for the defender, and Flynn told talkSPORT 2: “I’d love to see him at Liverpool. I know Pep Lijnders, the assistant, he’s an unbelievable coach.

“So I know he will help Ben improve. He’s got to do what’s best for Ben White. That could be getting a season in the Premier League with regular games at Brighton & Hove Albion, which I think he could do.

“[Brighton boss] Graham Potter might want to keep him and bring him on and then sell him for more money after a year in the Premier League.

“That’s a decision for Ben, but for biased reasons, I’d be edging him towards Liverpool.”

The central defender played every minute of Leeds’ EFL Championship campaign as they ended their 16-year exile from the English top-flight.