Manchester United legend Jaap Stam says that he hopes Sepp van den Berg becomes a success at Liverpool after he joined the Reds.
The club announced last week that they had agreed on a deal to sign the PEC Zwolle defender and with the youngster highly rated by coaches and scouts across Europe, Liverpool have pulled off a blinder by securing his services.
ESPN claim that despite being just 17 years of age, he’s not joining the Reds to play for the Academy, he’s been recruited to play for the first team which is a testament to what is expected of him by Jurgen Klopp.
Jaap Stam told a news press conference at the weekend: “We all know how this world works, so it’s inevitable that a player makes a transfer at a certain point in his career.
“We know that English and Spanish clubs scout all over the world, but especially in the Netherlands for talented Dutch defenders, because they’re known to be good with their feet.
“Those clubs usually have enough money lying around to take a risk and sign a few of them and see if it pays off in the long run. In the end, it’s up to the clubs, but I wish Sepp all the best and I hope he’ll turn out to be a big success story at Liverpool.”
Van den Berg is Liverpool’s one and only transfer so far this summer with a lot of speculation over who they will and won’t sign before the window slams shut on the 8th of August at 5pm.
It seems unlikely that Klopp won’t add any more names to his squad list for next season. While van den Berg is an exciting name for the future, he certainly isn’t expected to be an instant hit or be the difference in whether or not Liverpool win the Premier League.
ESPN also mention that van den Berg had been earmarked by Ajax as a likely candidate to succeed as Matthijs de Ligt’s heir at the Johan Cruyff Arena.
Those two players might just be enough to give Liverpool the extra quality needed to overcome Manchester City in the league.