Liverpool may have already unearthed Virgil van Dijk’s perfect future defensive partner

Sepp van den Berg has been in spectacular kind after returning to Preston North End on mortgage, growing his burgeoning fame because of targets and flexibility

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Van Dijk quizzed on if Liverpool are limiting Netherlands sport time

Last season noticed Liverpool endure large harm troubles within the coronary heart of their defence.

The champions noticed talismanic centre-half Virgil van Dijk dominated out for many of the marketing campaign, in a blow that understandably hit their title defence exhausting.

He made simply 5 Premier League appearances, none after struggling cruciate ligament injury in a sport in opposition to Everton in October 2020.

As nicely as van Dijk’s absence, Joe Gomez and Joel Matip additionally spent prolonged parts of time on the sidelines. Between them, the pair performed simply 17 league video games final time period.

In the trio’s absence it was as much as midfielders to step in, aswell as rookies Nat Phillips and Rhys Williams. Ozan Kabak added further depth within the New Year however on the whole it was a marketing campaign of an ever-changing cast at centre-back.

Virgil van Dijk sustained an harm final October that saved him out for the remainder of the season

One of the few defenders on the membership’s books who did not get a senior run-out final time period was Sepp van den Berg.

The younger Dutchman was not risked by Jurgen Klopp and as a substitute he was despatched out on mortgage to Championship aspect Preston North End within the second half of final season.

That expertise was greater than worthwhile for the teenager and as a substitute of returning to Anfield for pre-season this year, the 19-year-old as a substitute confirmed his long-term aspirations by once more heading to Deepdale.

This time, van den Berg is on a season-long arrangemen on the Lancashire aspect and he’s already exhibiting clear indicators of development.

Sepp van den Berg is again on mortgage at Preston North End

Having performed at full-back and wing-back, in addition to working in his favoured centre-half position albeit in a 3 versus a regular flat-back 4 mannequin that the Reds make use of.

He has added targets to his sport this season too, with back-to-back strikes in opposition to Morecambe and Swansea.

The willingness and talent to hold out totally different roles will certainly stand van den Berg in good stead when he returns to Merseyside subsequent summer season.

He just lately spoke of his aspirations at his guardian membership – and the recommendation garnered from fellow countryman van Dijk. Speaking to Dutch paper NOS, he stated: “I rapidly seen what large steps you’ll be able to absorb six months of Championship.

“So I thought: if I play there for another year, I really have a chance at Liverpool. He (Virgil van Dijk) told me that he thought it was a good choice because making minutes is so important.

“Who is aware of, I may be subsequent to him subsequent season. You ought to all the time preserve dreaming.”

That aim might seem bold right now but you only have to look at Harvey Elliott’s trajectory. He too spent time in the second tier last term, with Blackburn Rovers, and now finds himself a first-choice fixture in midfield.

Whilst Klopp has a plethora of choices in central defence (Ibrahima Konate arrived this summer season), van den Berg has already proven an necessary aspect to his sport – versatility.

Should vacancies come up wherever throughout Liverpool’s defence within the coming years, that trait may show priceless.

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