Liverpool youngster Sepp van den Berg has suggested that he may look for another loan move next season.
The 20-year-old excelled over the last 18 months at Preston North End. And speaking to liverpoolfc.com, he said he’s going to ‘see what happens’ before he commits to being one of the Liverpool players on-loan in 2022/23.
“I had a little chat with him (Klopp) about the loan last season. But it’s too early for that,” said van den Berg. “With so many players, everyone is trying their best to impress and of course to get fit. For me now at the moment, it’s really to enjoy.
“It’s a great experience to be here. It’s a great experience to be back training with the guys as well, of course the level is outstanding. I’ve missed it. For me personally now, it’s just try to get back and impress everyone and we’ll see what happens.”
van den Berg was one of only four fit Liverpool players not to get a run-out against Manchester United on Tuesday. He’ll hope to get the chance to impress Jurgen Klopp against Crystal Palace later today.
Last season, van den Berg showed exactly why he was playing top level football in Holland at the age of just sixteen. He was brilliant for Preston, playing in all but one of their Championship fixtures.
His was a perfect example of when a loan move really and totally works out.
Despite that, he still has a big job on to get into Liverpool’s team any time soon. The Reds currently have something of an embarrassment of riches in defensive positions.
van den Berg has shown he’s capable of playing in the middle or on the right of defence. But both slots are currently oozing with world-class, or potentially world-class, players in Klopp’s first-team.
In order to aid his development, a loan move is probably the best option at the current time. Still only twenty, he has a chance of being of the required standard in the long-term, but needs to show year-on-year progression.
That won’t come by playing under-21 football at Liverpool next season.
Instead, if a move crops up for another Championship side, perhaps one pushing for promotion, that might be best. Preston may want him again, but a change would be welcome.
Of course a Premier League move could be an option, but there’s a chance of getting swallowed up or facing a relegation battle. As he says, we’ll see what happens.
Either way, it’s great to see Sepp now looking ready for the rough and tumble of men’s football. He looked a little nervous and unsure when turning out for Liverpool in cup games in the past.
That’s to be expected, though. The more football he plays, the more confident he’ll become.