Noel Whelan warns Liverpool that it would take “a hell of a lot of money” to prize Ben White away from Brighton in January.

The former Leeds United striker, speaking exclusively to Football Insider correspondent Dylan Childs, said he would be “really surprised” if the Reds signed the 23-year-old and suggested the club move for player with more experience.

Football Insider revealed yesterday that the ex-Leeds defender remains on Liverpool’s radar following the summer sale of Dejan Lovren and long-term injury to Virgil van Dijk.

 

Van Dijk ruptured his anterior cruciate ligament in the 2-2 draw with Everton on Saturday following a high tackle from Jordan Pickford.

The injury leaves Jurgen Klopp with just two recognised, senior centre-halves in Joe Gomez and Joel Matip.

When asked by Football Insider if he could see the Premier League champions making a move for White in January, Whelan said: “I don’t think Brighton would sell him.

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“They have tied him down and he is playing regularly so I do not think they will look to him, quite frankly. Brighton have already dug their heels in. They see him as their player for the future. That is why he signed a new contract.

“I would be really surprised if that deal materialises. If he is going to be prized away it would take a hell of a lot of money to do so.

“I think Liverpool need somebody with a bit more experience.”

In other Liverpool news, Noel Whelan has told Football Insider that he is ‘disgusted’ by critical development last weekend.