Liverpool talent Sepp van den Berg offered a timely reminder of his quality to boss Jurgen Klopp last night.
The centre-back netted his first goal for the Holland under-21s as they thrashed Gibraltar 6-0.
He scored the third goal of the night during what proved to be a comprehensive rout.
The 20-year-old has endured a frustrating time of things as a Liverpool player so far.
He arrived at the club in 2019 from PEC Zwolle and perhaps he’d have hoped to impress Klopp.
Liverpool do have a proud history with younger players and typically the pathway is clear for academy stars.
The Reds have been rampant since he arrived though and that has restricted his first-team prospects.
He’s made just four senior appearances for the Reds with all of those coming in domestic cup competitions.
For the last 18 months, Van Den Berg has found a temporary home at Preston North End.
There he’s become a regular in their team and made 66 appearances for the Lilywhites.
He has developed as a player and gained experience playing as a centre-back, right wing-back and as a right-back in a back four.
The Holland under-21 starlet still has two years to run on his contract and he will hope for a Liverpool chance sooner rather than later.
Goal by Van Den Berg offers timely reminder but Liverpool facing decision time
Klopp is staring at a bit of a conundrum with the youngster and it’ll be intriguing to see how it pans out.
Having sampled first-team football, the Dutch youngster will be keen not to sit on the fringes once again.
Interestingly, his versatility could actually help him make something of an impact at Anfield.
When he originally left for Preston, he was viewed primarily as a central defender and a possible star of the future.
Now, the skills he’s developed on the right-hand side of defence could prove interesting to Klopp.
Neco Williams has been linked with a move away from Anfield. As a result, Van Den Berg might be viewed as someone to provide backup to the first team.
Klopp has to make a decision though. If he’s not going to play, another loan spell doesn’t seem to suit any party and perhaps a sale is the best avenue to go down.
Van Den Berg’s latest strike does a least give Klopp some food for thought.