Chris Hughton believes Albion will be all White without injured Lewis Dunk.

Hughton has included youngster Ben White in his back-up plans at centre-half, with Dunk ruled out for weeks by the ankle damage he sustained in Sunday’s win over Manchester United.

Replacement Leon Balogun will continue alongside Shane Duffy at Liverpool tomorrow (5.30pm).

White, meanwhile, is likely to start Tuesday’s Carabao Cup tie against Southampton at the Amex.

Albion signed Dan Burn, as well as Balogun, during the transfer window but Burn has returned to Wigan on loan until January to recover from a broken foot bone and play games in the Championship.

Hughton told the Argus: “The options outside of that are Ben White, who did very well out on loan last season (Newport).

“If I am looking within, the natural ones in that position would be Ben White and after that Ben Barclay.

“The ones that we know can play there are Bruno and Bernardo, who has played at centre-half before.”

Hughton would have no qualms about turning to White, 20, although Bruno’s greater experience would probably put the skipper and right-back further up the pecking order once he has recovered from hamstring trouble.

Hughton said: “Particularly in that position you would want as much experience as possible but on numerous occasions, not just myself but with other clubs, a young player comes in and surprises a few.

“So if that opportunity arose for him (White) then you’d want him to take it with both hands.”

White did not have to be named in Albion’s Premier League squad of 25 as he is under-21.

The Seagulls were linked yesterday with former West Ham stopper James Collins, who can be signed outside the transfer window as a free agent, but Hughton played it down.

He said: “I think for where we are at the moment, being linked with a player out of contract is probably normal.

“But our thoughts are very much with the four (central defenders) that we have and Ben White included in that four.

“He is a young player that has done really well for us, good experience, trains with the first team, changes with the first team in the dressing room.”

Hughton has no worries about Nigerian World Cup defender Balogun, 29, covering for Dunk at Anfield and beyond.

“You want somebody to come in assured in his ability and confident of stepping in,” Hughton said. “He is a good age for a centre-half and an experienced player.

“Even coming in in the last game you knew he wouldn’t be fazed by it but it will be a difficult challenge for us as a team and for the two centre-halves it will be a different type of challenge.”