Pundit Paul Robinson believes that Ben White would get into Liverpool’s starting XI “straight away” if he signed for the club.

The Reds have been linked with the Brighton and Hove Albion centre-back. White spent the 2019-20 season out on loan at Leeds United.

Robinson suggested that if Liverpool sign White this summer, the centre-back will only get better playing alongside Virgil van Dijk.

“I think he would start straight away alongside Van Dijk. They would be a formidable partnership,” Robinson told Football Insider.

“You see the way that Van Dijk has played with De Ligt for the Dutch national team. He always develops the players around him.

“White would be a shoo-in with Van Dijk to start. He would start the season and you would not get him out. He did not miss a game for Leeds last year.

“He has got a great affinity with Leeds, the club and the fans, but the offer of Champions League football and playing for the Premier League champions may just be too much of a lure.

“You hope that he has a bigger affinity with Leeds but if he went to a club like Liverpool he would get in and you would not get him out again.”

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Joe Gomez and Virgil van Dijk.

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ANFIELD WATCH VERDICT

We believe that Robinson’s comments regarding White are a bit harsh on Gomez. Robinson is basically suggesting that Gomez would immediately be replaced by White.

The reality is, Gomez made 43 appearances for Liverpool last season. Twenty-eight of those appearances came in the Premier League.

Gomez is clearly rated by Klopp, otherwise he would not be playing on a consistent basis.

Liverpool will also be competing for the Premier League, Champions League, FA Cup and the Carabao Cup next season.

With that being the case, squad rotation will be necessary. If Liverpool do sign White this summer, we still see Gomez being an important member of Klopp’s side next season.

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