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Sepp van den Berg’s next step emerges with Premier League offer

Liverpool are expected to loan young centre-back Sepp van den Berg out again this summer, with the Dutchman subject to enquiries from Premier League clubs.

After a breakthrough loan with Preston in the Championship, spending 18 months at Deepdale in total, Van den Berg is set to return to Liverpool this pre-season.

The 20-year-old is likely to join up with the first-team squad at the AXA Training Centre on July 4, with assistant manager Pepijn Lijnders eager to monitor his development.

But the decision appears to have already been made when it comes to Van den Berg’s next step, with it widely reported that he is in line for another loan move.

According to the Liverpool Echo, that could even come in the Premier League, with Liverpool having fielded a number of enquiries.

Among those are clubs in the English top flight, with sides in the Bundesliga and LaLiga also interested in bringing the youngster in for the campaign.

Last summer, the level of interest in Van den Berg was from the Championship, along with clubs in Switzerland, Germany and Belgium, with it clear he is now ready to progress.

LONDON, ENGLAND - Friday, October 30, 2020: Liverpool's Sepp Van Den Berg during the Premier League 2 Division 1 match between Arsenal FC Under-23's and Liverpool FC Under-23's at Meadow Park. Liverpool won 1-0. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

There is still a chance, of course, that he is retained for the new season at Liverpool, with a spot likely reserved for a fifth-choice centre-back.

But much may depend on the futures of Ben Davies, Nat Phillips and Rhys Williams, who are all touted with moves away this summer but, as of yet, with no movement.

Billy Koumetio has already joined Austrian Wien on a season-long loan, as one of four players to depart on temporary deals so far.

Goalkeeper Jakub Ojrzynski (Radomiak Radom), right-back Conor Bradley (Bolton) and left-back Adam Lewis (Newport County) have also left.

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