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Liverpool want to retain Sepp van den Berg due to injuries to first-team stars

According to the Daily Mail (h/t Liverpool Echo) Liverpool are keen to retain Sepp van den Berg amidst a range of loan inquiries for the youngster.

Injuries to first-team defenders Joel Matip and Ibrahima Konate have been a major factor in determining the future of Van den Berg for the 2022/23 season.

Liverpool signed Sepp van den Berg in 2019 from Dutch side PEC Zwolle for a meagre £1.3million, as a potential future first-team starter. Liverpool have been closely monitoring his development with the Dutchman being sent on loan at Preston North End for the 2021/22 season.

Liverpool wants to retain Sepp van den Berg due to injuries to first-team stars
Sepp van den Berg when he signed for Liverpool. (Getty Images)

He made 50 appearances, scoring two goals in the process, and played the most outfield games out of any Preston player, playing a key role.

Can he stake a claim towards the first team?

Opportunities have been hard to come by for the youngster with Liverpool stacked up in defence. However, this year there is an opportunity for the defender to stake a claim in the first team with the defensive injuries to key players.

While speaking to the official Liverpool website, Sepp said he is eager to impress on his return from his loan move. He said last month:

“For me personally now, it’s just try to get back and impress everyone and we’ll see what happens.”

Liverpool wants to retain Sepp van den Berg due to injuries to first-team stars
Sepp van der Berg in action at PEC Zwolle before his transfer to Liverpool.

A call for his future for the upcoming season will probably be taken during the latter stages of the transfer window, with Blackburn, Burnley, Sheffield United and Watford all being linked with a loan move for the defender.

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It’s best for him to seal a move away from Anfield. It’s highly unlikely he gets any minutes here for the time being and he wouldn’t want that to hamper his development – and neither would the Reds.