Liverpool agreed on a deal last week with PEC Zwolle to sign Sepp van den Berg on five-year terms and it’s a virtually perfect deal.
When clubs sign young players for anything above £1m there is an increased level of risk given the young stars’ lack of experience and opportunity to prove their worth.
One blockbuster move for a young player that worked out for Liverpool was their £500,000 move for Raheem Sterling in 2012 which almost saw them win the Premier League a few years later before they pocketed £49m from his sale to Manchester City.
Last week, the Reds signed van den Berg from PEC Zwolle for an initial £1.3m that could rise to £4.4m if the young defender makes 350 appearances for the club in the Premier League and the Champions League.
It’s a deal that is virtually riskless for Fenway Sports Group given the huge ceiling on van den Berg’s potential and the small fee paid to secure his services.
If the player somehow fails at Liverpool, it won’t be hard to recoup the £1.3m spent to sign him and if he runs his five-year contract down and leaves the club on a free transfer, he will be younger than 23 at that point and the Merseysiders would be due a compensation fee.
Financially, Liverpool cannot lose on this transfer and given what is being said about the young player, with the likes of Jaap Stam expecting massive things from him, it seems likely that he will make the grade at Anfield and blossom into an exciting player.
He will be learning the tricks of the trade from compatriot Virgil van Dijk, Joel Matip, Joe Gomez and Dejan Lovren, who all have their experience to pass onto their new teenage teammate.
With van den Berg set to join the Liverpool first team and not the Academy, fans will be able to watch him in action in pre-season to see what all the hype is about.