Liverpool in talks on Van den Berg loan with interested Belgian, German and Swiss clubs

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Reds are ready to allow the 19-year-old Dutchman to go in search of regular first-team football

Liverpool have spoken to three clubs about a possible loan for young defender Sepp van den Berg.
The Reds want the 19-year-old to gain first-team experience, so will allow him to leave this month despite the club’s lack of options at center-back.

Discussions have already taken place with clubs in Belgium, Germany and Switzerland, and sources said Goal an agreement will likely be reached this week.

Van den Berg moved from PEC Zwolle to Merseyside in June 2019, with Liverpool paying £ 1.3million ($ 1.75million) to secure their services.

He has since made four senior appearances for Jurgen Klopp’s side, all in domestic cup competitions, but has not made a first-team appearance at all this season despite the Premier League champions’ lingering injury issues.

Instead, Van den Berg has been with Barry Lewtas’ U23 squad this quarter, with another 19-year-old Rhys Williams promoted to Klopp’s senior squad.

Billy Koumetio, another teenager, was also injured as a result of injuries to Virgil van Dijk, Joe Gomez and Joel Matip, as was Nat Phillips.

Liverpool believe the progress of Williams and Phillips, who have made 14 appearances between them this season, can be attributed to successful loans last season.

Williams was sent to Kidderminster in the sixth tier of English football, while Phillips spent most of the campaign with Stuttgart in the 2.Bundesliga. The two spoke positively about their experiences.

Liverpool are hoping for similar results with Van den Berg, who already has a high profile pedigree in the form of 23 Eredivisie appearances for Zwolle.

Goal understands that there is a Belgian Pro League club, a 2.Bundesliga side and a Swiss Super League side in the mix to sign him, and that the player has already had talks with all three via a video link.

There has also been interest from clubs in England, with many scouts attending the Reds’ Under-23 games this season. Blackburn, who has another loaned from Liverpool in teenage star Harvey Elliott, is among those who inquired.

A final decision will now be made, with Liverpool wanting Van den Berg to have the chance to play regular matches at a level that will allow him to develop key areas of his game.

The Reds allowed their Under-23 captain Liam Millar to leave for Charlton in Ligue 1 earlier this week, with the Canada international making his debut for the Addicks in their 2-0 loss at home against Accrington on Friday.

They will also consider offers from left-back Yasser Larouci, who is in the final six months of his contract and is unlikely to sign an extension.

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