Sepp van den Berg won’t like the transfer talk at Liverpool. It heaps pressure on the 19-year-old ahead of a potential loan.
Van den Berg needs that, too. He’s struggling to break into the Liverpool first-team setup, despite an injury crisis.
Going simply off first-team games, Van den Berg is behind Rhys Williams, Nat Phillips and Billy Koumetio right now. And that’s before we get into the true first-teamers.
He needs senior football somewhere, then. A loan represents his best opportunity of getting it.
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But it will be a loan with a lot of pressure, given recent transfer reports.
Liverpool reportedly like Loic Bade, per Le10Sport. They also like Mohamed Simakan, per Telefoot journalist Julien Maynard. Both are 20-year-old defenders who would command relatively substantial fees.
And both could end any realistic first-team hopes for Van den Berg.
Now, neither report claims Liverpool are looking to sign the players this month. Instead, they’re watching the situations, presumably ahead of the summer.
And even if they sign neither, it certainly seems as though the Reds are looking at young defenders.
The good news for Van den Berg, then, is that no transfer should happen before his loan move. That gives him five months to prove his ability in senior football and, perhaps, put the brakes on Liverpool’s plans.
But if he doesn’t, the Dutchman could find himself even further down the pecking order by the summer. It would be very difficult to build a Liverpool career from there.
The pressure is on, then. Van den Berg arrived with high expectations, given he was playing Eredivisie football at 17. It’s felt a little downhill from there, though.
Hopefully, this loan is the shot in the arm his Liverpool career needs.