Welcome to Liverpool – Sepp van den Berg

Article by As seen in Babel’s library, aka Liver Bird Spotting.

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The Dutch revolution is well on the way fellow nesters, with the van convoy of Virgil and Sepp already parading through the streets of Liverpool! Subject to international clearance, we have completed the signing of PEC Zwolle centre-back Sepp van den Berg. The 17-year old Dutchman has joined on a long-term deal for an initial fee of £1.3 million, rising to £4.4 million depending on first team performances. I would give my opinion on the kid (who I call so, despite the fact he is two months my senior), but he seems to have summed it up perfectly himself:

“Can I put it into words? It’s just amazing. It is, for me, the biggest club in the world and it’s a dream come true. I am really excited.

“I couldn’t believe it, I thought it was a joke.

“I was really happy and, to be honest, I was a little bit scared at first because such a big club had interest in me. So, I was a little bit scared but eventually I was really excited.”

“I was thinking about [the idea of] training with Virgil. For me he is the best defender in the world right now, so I can learn a lot from him,”

“I’ve seen what kind of players from the Academy grew into the first team here. It is unbelievable, especially when this kind of big club does that.

“Of course, the trainer [Jürgen Klopp] is a great guy and one of the reasons they are successful – and also one of the reasons I came here.

“Longer-term, I hope I can play as much as possible here for the club.

“Short-term, [my target is] to be with the first team, develop myself, grow into the team and see how it goes.

“Long-term, I really want to be a legend here.”


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So, he wants to be a legend here. He already is in my books, rightfully crowning us the ‘Biggest club in the world’ (labelling us so big it’s intimidating), whilst simultaneously ending our transfer drought. He seems level headed, and recognises the aspects of our club that make it the best place for him to develop, with the tutorship of the “best defender in the world” Virgil, Klopp, and our academy’s improving track record given the size of the club.

I’ve heard that the focus for him is development, and rightfully so, but he is ready for the first team if necessary. Could he actually be a Dejan Lovren replacement? Let’s say we don’t sign any other centre-backs this summer, would you sell Lovren if Hoever and van den Berg are his replacements? Seniority has to be considered, but in the long term we could have the Dutch duo of dreams. Vote in the poll, should we sell Lovren if the opportunity arises?

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