Liverpool loanee Sepp van den Berg was described as “excellent” by Preston North End manager Alex Neil following his side’s 0-0 draw against Queens Park Rangers on Wednesday.
Van den Berg hailed
The 19-year-old made his second appearance for the Lilywhites after securing a six-month loan move on Deadline Day from Anfield, with Ben Davies going the other way on a permanent deal.
Van den Berg featured as a right-back, away from his conventional position as a centre-half, during the goalless encounter and earned himself a match-rating of 7.24.
Neil described the 6 foot 2 Dutchman as “excellent” to Preston’s official Twitter account and went into detail on what he thought about his performance.
“I think he did very well,” he told Preston’s official website. “It’s not uncommon for young centre backs to play right-back initially and get a feel for playing in matches and getting their distances right and different things.
“I thought tonight he put a really mature performance in, so I’m really pleased for him.
“I think we’ve seen tonight, [he’s] very confident, very quick, good on the ball, and he can play centre back or right back, I’ve got no doubts about that.”
Transfer Tavern Verdict
This performance could potentially be an eye-opener for Jurgen Klopp. If Neil continues to play Van den Berg out wide, he may prove himself to be a sufficient backup for Trent Alexander-Arnold next season.
Per Whoscored, the youngster managed three long balls, two tackles and completed two key passes during the 90 minutes, and got plenty of minutes under his inexperienced belt.
We are sure Liverpool talent-spotters will be monitoring the situation over at Deepdale very closely and could the Dutchman could potentially save the Reds millions in the summer if his performance levels are consistent.
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