Liverpool’s official website has confirmed that Sepp van den Berg will miss their first pre-season friendly of the summer as he hasn’t received clearance from FIFA yet.
The 17-year-old joined the Reds from PEC Zwolle and is expected to mature into an exciting player over the next few years and will hopefully follow in Joe Gomez and Trent Alexander-Arnold’s footsteps.
The two English defenders have paved the way for other young players to break through into the first team setup at Anfield under Jurgen Klopp.
Of course, Trent was in the Liverpool Academy and came through the ranks to make his name at the club while Gomez was recruited as a teenager by Brendan Rodgers before showing the Premier League last season how good he can be.
Van den Berg is expected to become a top-class footballer and, according to ESPN, was earmarked by Ajax to be the ‘next’ Matthijs de Ligt before Liverpool beat the Dutch side and the likes of Bayern Munich to his signature.
While he won’t feature this evening against local side Tranmere Rovers, he will soon receive FIFA’s blessing to play for the Reds.
Despite his youth, the teenage Dutchman will be a part of the first team setup next season and is set to push the likes of Gomez, Dejan Lovren and Joel Matip to take the place of Virgil van Dijk’s partner in the starting XI.
Van den Berg will miss this evening’s friendly but Divock Origi and Simon Mignolet will make their first pre-season appearances this evening as the Reds look to get ready for the 2019/20 Premier League season.