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Liverpool put a £20 million tag on defender amid his impressive loan spell

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By Sarthak Joshi

Liverpool slapped a £20 million price tag on a defender after an impressive loan tenure

According to a reliable Liverpool reporter, James Pearce, the Reds have confirmed a £20 million price tag on Sepp van den Berg after his amazing loan spell at FSV Mainz. The defender is also catching interest from the likes of Southampton and Brentford, among other clubs.

The 22-year-old Dutchman, who made an impactful 33 appearances while on loan at Mainz in the Bundesliga, had a fantastic season. The centre-back has made just four appearances for Liverpool’s first squad before his loan spells.

Many European teams have shown a great deal of interest as a result of his performances. Liverpool is certain that reports suggesting Mainz had a chance to purchase the 22-year-old for as little as £4.3 million are untrue. Mainz wants to keep him, but they are unable to match his salary.

Liverpool’s beloved Jurgen Klopp has departed the club and now Arne Slot is coming up as the new head coach of the Reds. James Pearce has further claimed that Arne Slot will assess Van Den Berg during pre-season before taking any finals decision about his future.

The departure of Joel Matip this summer has Liverpool searching the market for potential centre-back additions to the squad. Given the recent impressive performance by Van Den Berg, the Reds could use someone like him in the team.

The rise of Van Den Berg

The six-foot-three-inch alumnus of the PEC Zwolle Academy has made almost 140 senior outings already. Given the likes of Taylor Harwood-Bellis, Jack Stephens, and Jan Bednarek on the books, the Saints may need a centre defender this summer.

Unfortunate for Mainz that they can’t retain the star defender

The way Liverpool has handled Van den Berg’s career thus far demonstrates their dedication to developing young talent. He was signed for £4.4 million in 2019 after leaving PEC Zwolle, and during his time there, he was on loan at Preston North End, Schalke, and Mainz, all of which helped him develop and become more valuable.

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