Liverpool’s loan class is 13 players strong this season but there’s one clear standout. The Reds should be quite excited about their 19-year-old prospect.
There are 13 players out on loan from Liverpool this season – and that’s a huge number for the Reds. You can see exactly who those players are and where they’ve gone here.
And looking at how all 13 are doing up to now, there’s one clear standout: Sepp van den Berg at Preston North End. The Dutchman is giving a great account of himself.
Sepp van den Berg
Van den Berg does have an advantage over the rest of the players in Liverpool’s loan class. He already knew the club he was heading to, having spent the second half of last season with Preston.
That meant fitting in was remarkably easy for a loan player and the results are pretty promising.
The most remarkable part of it all is that Van den Berg has been playing as a right midfielder. He joined Liverpool primarily as a centre-back who could operate as a right-back. Preston, though, have quickly developed him into a midfielder/wing-back.
But he’s still very much a defensive one. Van den Berg averages 2.4 tackles per game this season, with another 1.6 interceptions and 2.1 clearances. The teenager does get forward, however, creating a chance for teammates every other game.
For a 19-year-old playing for a fairly midtable Championship side, we think this is very promising. No, they’re not Harvey Elliott numbers but he’s a one-off.
We do think Van den Berg is demonstrating some real potential here, though. Liverpool could end up with a 20-year-old capable of covering three positions and that might just earn him a place in the first-team squad.
Best of the rest
Unfortunately, not many others are performing all that well. Sheyi Ojo is struggling to recreate what he did at Cardiff City for Millwall this time around. Paul Glatzel is struggling with Tranmere Rovers and Rhys Williams hasn’t clicked with Swansea City yet.
Leighton Clarkson, too, still needs to find his feet with Blackburn Rovers.
One interesting one is Ben Woodburn at Hearts, however. He’s yet to find a goal or assist up in Scotland but his underlying numbers suggest he’ll find form soon.
The 21-year-old overages over a tackle per game while also creating at least one chance per game, too. If Hearts stick with him, perhaps Van den Berg will have to share the spotlight with another loan star before the end of the year.