Sepp Van Den Berg reportedly ready for Schalke loan
With just a few days left in the UK transfer window, most Liverpool fans are eagerly awaiting any news regarding the arrival of midfield reinforcements to the team. In more secret news, it looks likely that Sepp van den Berg will announce an outgoing loan deal at short notice.
The 20-year-old Dutch defender spent all of last season with Preston North End in the EFL Championship where he was a regular starter at right-back and centre-right. Ahead of this season, it was initially announced that he would return to the Championship on loan to Blackburn Rovers, but injuries to Ibrahima Konaté, Joël Matip and Nathaniel Phillips sabotaged those plans. Instead, van den Berg was kept as defensive depth for the first four games of the season.
With Matip and Phillips back in training, it looks like the club are now looking to allow van den Berg to return on loan to get the team’s first few minutes. Blackburn left the giant ginger, signing Dominic Hyam from Coventry in his place. Several sources are now reporting that German club Schalke have the inside track.
News Sepp van den Berg: Interviews with Schalke bosses today! The player is very impressed with the effort of the clubs. He can really imagine joining Schalke. But: It’s not 100%. Discussions with other clubs are also planned. #LFC said yes to a new loan on Saturday. @Sky_Dirk @SkySportDE
— Florian Plettenberg (@Plettigoal) August 29, 2022
Schalke are looking to move quickly to replace Malick Thiaw, whom they have just sold to AC Milan. Sepp van den Berg would step straight into his preferred position as a centre-back should the move materialize after spending most of last season out of position. As Schalke push hard for his signature, reports indicate there will be competition.
If van den Berg joined Schalke, he would immediately step into a team struggling to avoid relegation. The German club were relegated from the top flight two seasons ago but were promoted to the Bundesliga last year. It could be valuable experience for a young defender looking to make a leap into his senior career.