Liverpool 'prepared to let defender Sepp van den Berg go out on loan'

Liverpool ‘prepared to let defender Sepp van den Berg go out on loan’ despite injury problems at the centre-back position with clubs from Belgium, Germany and Switzerland all keen on the teenager

  • Liverpool are reportedly keen to let defender Sepp van den Berg out on loan
  • Centre-backs Nat Phillips and Rhys Williams benefited from loan spells last year
  • It is felt a similar loan spell for van den Berg will provide him first team action
  • Clubs from Belgium, Germany and Switzerland are all interested in the defender 

Liverpool are reportedly prepared to let 19-year-old defender Sepp van den Berg go out on loan to provide him regular first-team football.

The centre-back has made four senior appearances for Jurgen Klopp’s side since his £1.3m move from PEC Zwolle in the summer of 2019.

Though he has not featured this season despite the Premier League champions’ ongoing injury problems in that position

Sepp van den Berg could be set for a loan move away from Liverpool in the January window

The 19-year-old centre-back has made four cup appearances since joining Liverpool in 2019

Now Goal have reported that the club are prepared to let him go this month, and discussions have taken place with clubs in Germany, Belgium and Switzerland.

They say that one club from the Belgian Pro League, one side from the 2.Bundesliga and one Swiss Super League outfit are in the mix to sign him having all held video calls with the defender.

It is believed that a deal for van den Berg to leave the club on loan could be agreed in the forthcoming week.

Van den Berg will have hoped for more opportunities this season, due to the long-term injuries suffered by countryman Virgil van Dijk and Joe Gomez, as well as persistent fitness issues for Joel Matip.

Instead, he has remained in the U23 side this term, with another 19-year-old, Rhys Williams, promoted to the senior set-up.

Nat Phillips has also made several appearances, while Billy Koumetio, another teenager, has also featured.

It is hoped van den Berg could benefit from a loan spell similar to Rhys Williams last season

Liverpool feel that the progress of both Williams and Phillips, who have made 14 appearances between them this season, is down to successful loan spells last season.

Williams spent the season at Kidderminster in the sixth tier of English football, while Phillips was out on loan in the 2. Bundesliga with Stuttgart.

It is hoped that a loan spell could have a similar positive affect on van den Berg if he does head out on loan.

Despite injuries at the centre-back position Klopp has decided not to play van den Berg

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