Liverpool youngster Sepp van den Berg has revealed he wants to stay and fight for a place under Jurgen Klopp next season instead of going on loan again.
The 20-year-old joined the Reds from Dutch side Zwolle in the summer of 2019. Much was expected of him and thanks to his position and nationality, comparisons to Virgil van Dijk quickly surfaced.
Van den Berg, however, only played for Liverpool’s senior team four times. He was sent on loan to Preston North End in February last year, and he has played a lot for them over the last 15 months.
The Dutchman, described as “incredible” by Greg Cunningham, is set to return to Anfield this summer, and he believes he has a chance of starting for Liverpool next season.
Sepp van den Berg wants to stay at Liverpool next season
Speaking about his future, Van den Berg said, quoted by Voetbal Primeur: “The intention is that I take part in the preparation and then conquer my place in the dressing room.
“At the same time, I know the competition is fierce. This summer I will fight for a place in the starting XI.
“That’s what I hope; that’s what I dream of (to play with Van Dijk). That’s my goal for next season.
“The World Cup can help me with that. It will be a long and difficult season. A lot of guys will leave or be away temporarily. So maybe you will be lucky enough to stay a little earlier. Then I have to see for take that.
Liverpool have the second best defense in the Premier League this season. Only Manchester City have conceded fewer goals than Jurgen Klopp’s side this season, and their centre-halves deserve a ton of credit.
Van Dijk is the main man, but his partners at the back also delivered. Joel Matip has been absolutely incredible for Liverpool, while youngster Ibrahima Konaté has also impressed in his first season at the club.
Joe Gomez, a phenomenal centre-half in his own right, has barely snuck a glance, making you wonder if Van den Berg has a chance to break into Klopp’s squad next season.
It will be interesting to see what happens with the 20-year-old this summer, but if his words are true, he wants to stay at Liverpool this summer and has no intention of returning on loan.
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