Sepp van den Berg admitted he had an unusual full debut in the Championship on Wednesday. The teenager is on loan at Preston North End.
Sepp van den Berg says his Preston debut was ‘something different’. The Dutchman joined the club on loan this month after Ben Davies joined Liverpool.
But it appears he won’t be a direct replacement for the 25-year-old. After making his Championship bow from the bench last time out, van den Berg made his full debut at right-back.
“I’m happy to make my full debut today and right back, it’s something different than I’m used to, but I’m happy with my performance and hopefully I can play a lot more games,” he said, per pnefc.net.
“I’ve played there a little bit when I was in Holland, but mainly I’m a centre back, but I can play there as well so I’m available.”
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Van den Berg is typically a centre-back, of course, and we assumed he was a short-term Davies replacement. That doesn’t seem to be the case.
Honestly, this might be better. If Van den Berg gets plenty of Championship experience and learns a new position, he’s instantly more valuable to Liverpool.
He’ll only return to the club a better player at this rate.
And Liverpool like players who cover multiple positions. Virtually everyone in the first-team squad can play at least two.
It also makes him an ideal third or fourth-choice centre-back. The problem with that squad role is it limits your games, only playing when others are out. Covering a secondary position helps fix that problem, though.
So for us, this is very promising. Van den Berg has been a little lost at Liverpool, with an unclear path to the first-team.
But a good Championship season – or at least, a good few months – puts him right back on track. At the very least, it is easier to see how Van den Berg finds a place at Liverpool.