The London Evening Standard reports that Sepp van Den Berg is still waiting on clearance from FIFA to play for Liverpool.

The 17-year-old joined the Reds from PEC Zwolle in June but has been unable to play in pre-season due to FIFA not granting him clearance.

The Standard now reports that the club is still waiting to hear back from both the FA and FIFA as they hope to give their new signing his debut when the Reds face Sporting Lisbon on Thursday.

Sepp van den Berg.

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While it might not seem like a serious issue, van den Berg not being able to play in pre-season could impact on his early progress at the club as it means he might have to wait to make his debut for the Reds until a chance comes knocking in the domestic cup tournaments.


The former PEC Zwolle defender was earmarked as the ‘next Matthijs de Ligt’ by Ajax but Liverpool beat them and Bayern Munich to his signature to sign the highly-rated teenager.

If van den Berg does get a chance to impress this summer, it will mean yet another youngster gets an opportunity after Rhian Brewster and Yasser Larouci wowed fans this pre-season with their maturity and talent.

Yasser Larouci.

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Van den Berg is part of the next generation of Dutch stars breaking through at Melwood, with young Ki-Jana Hoever impressing massively this pre-season after he became the youngest every Liverpool debutant in the FA Cup last season.

The hope this season will be for van den Berg and co to take their chances in the domestic cups and show Klopp that they’re deserving of even more responsibility.

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