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Liverpool reportedly prepare move that will make or break 'quality' player's Anfield career

Sepp van den Berg faces a truly defining moment in his career his summer as Liverpool plan his next move. The full-back needs this to work.

Goal claim that a plethora of Liverpool youngsters are all set for loan moves this summer. One of those is Sepp van den Berg, who really can’t afford for this one to go badly.

Now, that’s actually a compliment, even if things are make-or-break for the young Dutchman. But that’s the reality of a young player at Liverpool – you can’t afford for things to slip. The standards at the club are so high that any youngster must maintain their upward trajectory or the Reds will move on.

And Van den Berg is one of the few that we genuinely see a future for at Liverpool. He shone for Preston North End last season, as he did in his short spell there the year before.

The defender is now a very useful player. He’s got 50-odd games of Championship experience under his belt, while also demonstrating ability in multiple positions. Van den Berg can now play centre-back, right-back and right-midfield – something remarkably few 20-year-olds can do.

That’s a very useful thing in any squad and we imagine Liverpool want it in theirs. But things must go well next season.

Sepp van den Berg faces another loan move

Van den Berg now needs to show that he can deliver on a slightly higher level than Preston. With all due respect to them, the Lancashire side aren’t playing to a standard that’s all that relevant to Liverpool.

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But we know the top end of the Championship can be. The Reds signed Fabio Carvalho this summer after his efforts for Fulham, after all. Thus Van den Berg needs a move to either compete for promotion or in the Premier League – and we’re not sure how realistic it all is.

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Liverpool can’t send him somewhere unless they’re interested. But if Van den Berg plays out a campaign where he stagnates or even regresses slightly, we don’t see a path back. He’d be 21 by then and still not quite on the right level for the Reds. That seems too late and we can’t imagine Van den Berg ever recovers to make it at Anfield.

Things need to go well in 2022/23, then. We think a great campaign where Van den Berg kicks on further can make him a great, young squad option for Liverpool. Get it wrong, though, and that will be that.

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