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Liverpool news round-up: Reds still tracking White, Everton loanee targeted, Henderson injury update

Liverpool ramp up long-standing interest in Brighton No.3 star

Liverpool are reportedly keen on bringing Brighton’s Ben White to the club in the summer transfer market.

The centre-half has been on the Reds’ transfer radar for some time and shone as his side condemned the champions to back-to-back home top-flight defeats for the first time since 2012.

According to Football Insider, Ben once again caught the eye of manager Jurgen Klopp and assistant Pepijn Linders, who took particular note of his distribution, mobility and calmness on the ball.

The Anfield side are understood to have been monitoring ben since October 2019, when White was starring on loan for Leeds United on their way to the Championship title.

The Whites tried to sign him permanently but had three offers, the last worth £30 million, turned down.

The 23-year-old star was named in the last campaign’s PFA Championship team of the year and made his Premier League debut for Brighton in their 2020/21 opener versus Chelsea.

The Reds have been devastated by defensive injuries this term and had to use their 18th different centre-half pairing of the campaign in last week’s Merseyside derby loss to Everton after captain Jordan Henderson was forced off with a hamstring problem.

Having decided against landing a new centre-back last summer, in spite of the sale of Dejan Lovren to Zenit, Liverpool are almost certain to do business on that front in the next market unless Ozan Kabak, currently on loan from Bundesliga strugglers Schalke, really makes his mark between now and the end of the campaign.

The English giants have the option to buy the Turkish ace for an initial fee of £18 million, according to Sky Sports.

Everton-owned defender attracts interest from Liverpool

Liverpool are keen on signing Everton’s central defender Jarrad Branthwaite, according to the Daily Mail.

It’s stated that Manchester United are particularly interested in Branthwaite having tracked the player’s progress on loan at Blackburn Rovers this year.

However, the report also claims that Manchester City are also chasing the signature of Branthwaite, alongside Jurgen Klopp’s side.

Everton only paid £1m for Branthwaite the previous year, luring him to the club having impressed in League Two with Carlisle United.

The 18-year-old ace impressed in limited appearances last campaign but has now been shipped out on loan to Blackburn Rovers after slipping down the pecking order.

He has been playing regularly for the Rovers side since his January transfer, and he is seemingly being tracked by the PL’s big boys.

As a left-footed and towering centre-half, Branthwaite ticks the boxes for many sides, including Liverpool, looking for a defender for the future.

Meantime, Liverpool are allegedly still tracking Udinese’s versatile midfielder, Rodrigo De Paul, ahead of a potential summer move.

The 26-year-old star was linked with the Anfield side during the January transfer market, while Leeds United have also previously been touted with an interest in the player.

According to Tutto Udinese, the Reds are still interested in the South American player and could make an attempt to land him during this summer’s transfer window.

Udinese have their key man on a contract until June 2024, though, and are not reportedly prepared to sell him unless they get an offer in the region of £35 million.

Liverpool skipper could be sidelined until late April

Liverpool’s Jordan Henderson is set to miss his side’s next four league matches with a groin injury in another major blow for the Reds.

The Englishman is also a doubt for his country’s World Cup qualifiers next month as Jordan could be out for around four weeks.

He was forced off during the Reds’ defeat by city rivals Everton on Saturday.

The Reds captain pulled up with a groin injury which manager Jurgen Klopp revealed it was a “massive blow”.

There is concern it is a serious problem and he is expected to miss league matches against Sheffield United, Chelsea, Fulham and Wolves as well as the second game of their Champions League last-16 tie versus RB Leipzig.

England are due to start their FIFA World Cup 2022 qualification campaign versus San Marino, Albania and Poland at the end of next month.

Jordan’s injury has added to the Premier League champions’ woes after they failed to win again at Anfield this year.

He has been filling in at centre-half where Joel Matip, Joe Gomez and Virgil van Dijk have all been ruled out for the campaign.

While Diogo Jota and Fabinho also missed the defeat by Carlo Ancelotti’s side as they battle back to full fitness.

In other news, Lyon centre-half Marcelo has revealed that his representative held talks with Liverpool in January regarding a potential switch to Anfield.

“I hope we will find a solution soon!” the Brazilian star told Canal+. “I feel good here; I feel that I can give more to Lyon.

“Over time, I hope that we will find a good solution. Liverpool? My agent spoke with them, but I feel good here. My dream is to win the championship with Lyon.”