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Liverpool unsure if central defender would face Sporting Lisbon on Thursday

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Latest Liverpool news: Van den Berg yet to be given clearance by FIFA

Liverpool are unsure if Sepp van den Berg will be cleared to face Sporting Lisbon on Thursday, according to the Evening Standard.

The Dutch defender joined the Reds in late June and has trained with the team, however, he is yet to make his debut for the side.

The report adds that the Reds are awaiting clearance from FIFA and the youngster has missed all our pre-season games so far.

Sepp van den Berg
Sepp van den Berg

Liverpool have been in regular contact with FIFA and the FA over Van den Berg’s situation, and are awaiting approval of the Dutch defender’s move to Anfield.

The 17-year-old is one of the brightest talents coming out from the Netherlands, and he could feature in our first-team next season.

The Reds need cover in central defence

Last season saw several centre-backs be out due to injuries, and we need some cover for our four senior defenders in the position.

Dejan Lovren was in and out of the side due to injuries, while Joe Gomez missed almost the entirety of the second half of the previous campaign.

Joe Gomez

Joel Matip also suffered a broken collarbone, while Virgil van Dijk had to be rested in some games.

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The Reds have promoted young defenders and have seen them become first-teamers under Jurgen Klopp, and it will be interesting to see Van den Berg’s progress in the coming months.

Ditching a corporate job to follow a dream isn’t easy, but when football comes calling, who can say no? Been following the beautiful game since 1998. Liverpool addict, F1 fanatic!

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