Coming into the 2022/23 season, Liverpool has arguably got one of the most talented defences in the world.
But with plenty of experienced players jostling for game time, there is another player who is now keen to throw his name into the mix, Dutch youngster, Sepp van den Berg.
Sepp van den Berg first joined the Reds back in 2019 and has just returned to Anfield after a successful loan spell at Preston North End.
He predominantly plays as a centre-back, taking pride in not letting players get past him.
Having just returned back from the Championship side, van den Berg spoke to Liverpool’s club website, reflecting on all he learnt whilst he was away.
"I was there one-and-a-half years. It was a long time. It was great there."
"I played a lot of games; I think especially for a centre-back it’s important to have game experience”.
He continued to say that although it “has been a great loan”, gaining experience playing “against some good teams” in “a tough league”, he is now very “happy to be back”.
During his time in the Championship, van den Burg performed impressively, helping his team secure a mid-table finish last season.
Following his skilful performances, Sepp van den Berg has gained a lot of interest from other clubs within the second tier, however, he is keen to show Klopp how he has developed during his time at Preston.
But he has a lot of competition to deal with in the centre-back position. He sits behind the likes of fellow Dutchman Virgil Van Dijk, Joel Matip, Ibou Konate and Joe Gomez in the battle for game time.
So although he is hopeful, with many superstar defenders preferred by Klopp, the future of Liverpool’s No.72 is uncertain.
Sepp’s deal is set to end in 2024, so although he does have a few years left on his contract, another loan spell may prove to be the best option for the Netherland’s youth international.
But no matter what happens, Liverpool fans will be pleased that they have yet another promising youth player to add to their ranks.
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