Preston North End confirm they’ve asked for Liverpool’s permission over Sepp van den Berg. The two clubs meet in the EFL Cup later this month.
Liverpool face Preston North End in the EFL Cup later in October and that brings up an interesting question – can Sepp van den Berg play? The 19-year-old is currently on loan at Deepdale from Liverpool.
Now, as things stand, Van den Berg cannot play. The rules state that the parent club must give permission in order for the loan player to feature against said parent club.
Preston, however, have asked Liverpool for that permission over Van den Berg. They announced as much on their website, saying:
“PNE have been in touch with their fourth round opponents about his eligibility and Sepp remains hopeful he will be able to play when Jurgen Klopp brings his side to Lancashire on Wednesday 27th October.”
The ball, then, is in Liverpool’s court.
PNE ask for Van den Berg permission
If we had to guess, we’d say Liverpool will grant it. We’re not sure why they wouldn’t allow for their young player to get this kind of exposure to a high-stakes game.
Unless, of course, they believe Van den Berg would be the difference between winning and losing. But then we’re not exactly certain that Liverpool prioritise this competition very highly at all (if we’re putting it diplomatically).
They tend to use the EFL Cup to hand youngsters vital experience and boost squad fitness. With the former in mind, it makes sense to allow Van den Berg that experience, too.
So we imagine Van den Berg will face off against his parent club. The defender certainly wants to.
“They’re still one of the best teams in the world so for the club to play against them in the cup is just unbelievable, so I’m really hoping I’m allowed to play, but I still don’t know,” he says.
Fingers crossed Liverpool give him the opportunity.