Departure imminent with Euro club to win fierce race for Liverpool starlet

Date published: Wednesday 13th January 2021 9:49 - Jonny Whitfield

Liverpool have entered ‘advanced’ talks with a German club about a loan exit this month for defender Sepp van den Berg, according to a report.

Previous reports claimed that the Reds are open to allowing the Dutchman to find more regular football.

What’s more, clubs in Belgium, Switzerland and Germany reportedly registered their interest in a temporary deal.

According to Football Insider, however, it is a club from the latter country which is winning the race. The source does not name the team in question but claims that they are close to finalising a transfer.

Indeed, both clubs reportedly hope to wrap up Van den Berg’s exit by Friday.

Should the unnamed club win the race, they will also beat English suitors to Van den Berg’s services.

Football Insider adds that EFL teams have shown interest, despite not advancing talks.

In any case, a move anywhere in Europe would benefit Van den Berg. Despite being an option amid Liverpool’s defensive injury crisis, he has not been able to earn minutes.

Instead, Nathaniel Phillips and fellow youngster Rhys Williams have stepped in after injuries to Virgil van Dijk, Joe Gomez and Joel Matip.

Sepp van den Berg TEAMtalk

As such, Liverpool agreed that finding regular action would be best for Van den Berg in his development.

The 19-year-old moved to Anfield in June 2019, with the Reds paying PEC Zwolle £1.3m for his signature.

He has made four first-team appearances but none this season. What’s more, he has yet to feature in the Premier League.

Van den Berg’s last appearance, in fact, came in last season’s FA Cup fourth-round replay against Shrewsbury.

Defender returns from Liverpool loan

Meanwhile, Liverpool will reportedly welcome left-back Adam Lewis from his loan spell in France this month.

The defender signed a season-long loan deal at Stade de la Licorne but reports claim it is already over.

Club legend Steven Gerrard labelled the youngster the ‘best’ Under-18 left-back he had ever seen in 2017.

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