Liverpool are close to sending another talented teenager, Sepp van den Berg, to Blackburn Rovers on loan to further develop his game, and make a bid for playing time contention. U21 Netherlands international joined the Merseyside giants from Zwolle in 2019 and was part of the squad that won the 2019 FIFA Club World Cup.
Sepp joined Preston North End on an eighteen-month loan in the winter window last year and was able to secure regular playing time at Deepdale Stadium. Now back at Liverpool, van den Berg has a real fight on his hands in search of regular playing time.
The German manager is blessed with four fantastic defenders in Virgil van Dijk, Joel Matip, Ibrahima Konate and Joe Gomez, all of who are ahead of the 20-year-old defender in the pecking order. With Nathaniel Phillips also on the payroll, the Dutch centre-back is at best the sixth-choice defender on Liverpool’s payroll.
Moving out on loan is the best way forward to ensure that the progress he made last campaign does not go to waste. The Championship appears to be calling once again, this time with Ewood Park as the destination.
Liverpool will hope that the Dutchman develops similarly to Harvey Elliott, who went on to enjoy a stellar season on loan with Blackburn Rovers in 2020/21. Rovers coach Jon Dahl Tomasson appears to have a high degree of confidence in Sepp van den Berg’s abilities and is keen to land him.