Liverpool man forgotten who wants “to be better than Virgil van Dijk”Third loan to be made

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Dutch defender Sepp van der Berg, who made bold claims earlier this season, currently has his second loan spell with North End. He is impressing on the Championship side.

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Transfer profile: Sepp van den Berg

Preston North End believes they are in a strong position to sign Liverpool’s Sepp Van den Berg for a third season.

Reds’ defender is currently at Deepdale on a season-long deal. He impressed there in 2020-21’s second half. This Dutchman has played 42 games for Preston and 58 total over both spells.

Ryan Lowe, a Liverpool supporter and manager, hopes that a deal can be struck to bring van den Berg to the Championship club next season. Speaking at a North End fans’ forum event on Monday night, Lowe is quoted as saying: “We’re in talks with Liverpool but it’ll be down to Sepp and what he wants to do. I think he’ll want to find a suitable, permanent home, but I would’ve thought if he was at Liverpool next season and looking to go on loan, we’ll be in a good position.”

The 20-year-old has been a key player in the side’s success since December when Lowe took over as manager, and also during Frankie McAvoy’s time in the dugout. Lowe is not the only one to express his desire for the centre-half to be resigned next term.

He said this earlier in the month: “With Sepp, Liverpool were in here the other day for a full day, watching what we do and how we go about it.

“We’re in contact with them but again, it’s down to Sepp and what he wants to do. Ultimately, I would’ve thought that, because of the way they’ve been with us, if they were available again, we’d take them in a heartbeat. While other clubs would likely do the same, our advantage would be them being here before and how they go about their business. If that becomes available, for them to go on loan, I’d like to think we’d be No.1 priority.”

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As for van den Berg himself, he opened up about how he could not say no to the chance to move to Anfield. He arrived on Merseyside back in 2019 for a seven-figure fee after leaving PEC Zwolle. Speaking to a Dutch publication, he insists he wants to become first choice at centre-half one day – and even aspires to be better than compatriot Virgil van Dijk. So far he has been limited to four senior outings in the domestic cup competitions.

“You don’t say no to a club like Liverpool,” said van den Berg. “Everyone has their opinion, but I see it as a fantastic step. And what if I had said no? Who’s to say Liverpool would turn up again two years later for the same money? Or if I get injured or out of shape, then I can already tell you: they will not come. My dream is a starting place at Liverpool and the Netherlands’ senior team. I also hope to become even better than Virgil van Dijk. I know: with that I set the bar high. But I think you should always dream and think big.”