Liverpool ’s interest in Brighton star Ben White does not surprise Mark Lawrenson.
But the legendary defender of both clubs feels the Reds will have concerns over White’s capability at the highest level.
Leeds United desperately pursued a summer transfer for the 23-year-old following his great success on loan with them in the Championship.
Brighton, though, held onto their talented centre-half, who is valued at around £50m.
Liverpool could be in the market for a defender come January due to Virgil van Dijk’s season-ending knee injury suffered last week.
However, Lawrenson believes the Reds will worry whether White’s lack of Champions League experience would mean a move to Anfield will come too early this season.
Speaking to The Argus about White, Lawrenson said: “He improved during his year at Leeds and he will certainly understand about fitness, playing for Marcelo Bielsa.
“It is not surprising he has been mentioned with the likes of Liverpool looking at him.
“I’m sure they are looking at him and why wouldn’t you?
“You only want to see that because then you see how he recovers.
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“If he slips and gives the ball away, whatever, and causes a goal – and I know Brighton play in a particular way, which is good – as a scout, that is when you’d really want to judge him.
“He keeps improving. He was excellent at Leeds and they bid £25 million.
“Say the likes of Liverpool are looking at him, it would be a long-term thing and I think you’d want to watch him week in and week out and see him against the very top players.
“You’re talking Champions League and therein lies the difference.
“There is no doubt he is going to be more than comfortable in the Premier League.
“But it’s like all the other names which have been bandied about. Will any of those players be good enough for the Champions League?”
White has started all five of Brighton’s Premier League games so far this season, and they have kept one clean sheet so far.
Meanwhile, the Champions League is back at Anfield for the first time post-lockdown with Midtjylland travelling to Merseyside on Tuesday (8pm).
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