Liverpool have a squad set to stay together for at least another few years before they need any sort of overhaul. The Reds have invested carefully so that the majority of the first team have some time left in their peak and a lot of time on their contracts. One player that is set for the door is Dejan Lovren. We don’t need to splash out on another defender though, Sepp Van Den Berg is ready to replace Dejan Lovren in the pecking order.
The Reds signed Lovren from Southampton back in 2014, paying the Saints £20m for the Croatian.
Since then he has had a tumultuous Anfield career. The World Cup finalist has certainly put in some years of service but he never threatened to be the calming, authoritative presence that the defence was lacking.
Too often was Lovren found to be shaky or error prone, it gradually became clear that a world class centre back was needed to sort out the problems at the back – up step Virgil van Dijk.
The arrival of Big Virg and the ascendancies of Joel Matip and Joe Gomez have pushed Dejan down to fourth in the pecking order. The Liverpool ECHO have reported that he could be sold for as little as £10m in the summer.
However, Liverpool need not bring in another defender – Sepp Van Den Berg is more than capable of replacing Dejan Lovren as the fourth choice centre back.
Recent performances at age group level have shown that Sepp has come on leaps and bounds since his arrival from PEC Zwolle, where he gained considerable first team experience.
The Dutchman is immensely calm on the ball and reads the game well, he is a cut above the rest when playing among other teenagers.
Van Den Berg can feel hard done by to have been dumped out of the UEFA Youth League in a 4-1 defeat, with each Benfica goal coming as result of an error from someone else in the side.
Fingers crossed he is given the nod next season and we see more of him in the first team when needed.