Liverpool have mountains of talent in the academy. The future is certainly looking bright for the Reds given the amount of potential waiting to burst through into the first team. One of our most promising youngsters is currently on loan in the Championship. At Preston Sepp van den Berg has shown a versatility which will surely excite Jürgen Klopp.
Sepp van den Berg potential
When Liverpool signed Sepp van den Berg he was regarded as one of the most exciting young defenders in Europe.
At just 16-years-old he’d been named in the Eredivisie team of the week.
He also went on to break Clarence Seedorf’s record for the youngest player to reach 10 appearances in the division.
He joined the Reds in 2019 and has made sporadic cup performances in the first team.
Predominantly he’s played for the U23s where he has been a commanding presence at the back.
Preston loan Sepp van den Berg
This year’s winter transfer window was a hectic one for the Reds.
Fans had been begging for a centre back signing after the injuries to the senior defenders in the squad.
On deadline day Ben Davies was signed from Preston North End.
As part of the deal Preston loaned Sepp van den Berg until the end of the season.
The Championship side also have first dibs on loaning the defender for the 2021/22 season.
Preston role for Van den Berg
Although naturally a centre back, Alex Neil hasn’t deployed Sepp van den Berg in the middle of the defence.
The Dutchman has instead been used as a right back in his first two games for the club.
The 19-year-old has been incredibly impressive in this adjusted role.
In his last game he earned a WhoScored rating of 7.34, notching three tackles and two interceptions.
Jürgen Klopp is a fan of versatile players as it allows him to work with a smaller squad.
Whilst he may find himself on loan again next season the Dutchman could well force himself into the boss’ long term first team plans if he continues to show that he can fulfil two roles within the squad.