Klopp bypasses Dutchman
The 18-year-old has barely been involved in the Reds’ first team since his £1.3m move from Eredivisie outfit PEC Zwolle in summer 2019, with the likes of Ajax, Bayern Munich and PSV Eindhoven all interested in his services (via BBC Sport).
So far during his 16-month stay at Liverpool, the 6 foot 2 centre-half has only made four first team appearances, featuring mainly for the under-23s and is yet to make an appearance in the Premier League (TransferMarkt).
Liverpool currently have a devastating injury crisis in their defensive reserves, with talisman Virgil van Dijk, Joel Matip and Fabinho all out injured, leaving Joe Gomez as the only established centre-back available for selection (via Sky Sports). Youngsters Rhys Williams, Billy Koumetio and Nathaniel Phillips can also play in that role, along with Van den Berg.
During his pre-match press conference for his Premier League clash against West Ham United (cited by James Pearce), the German tactician spoke openly about Williams and how he was spotted in the Melwood ranks.
He added that Koumetio and Phillips have been training with the first team. However, there was no mention of Van den Berg in his remarks, having previously bypassed him last week.
Future in serious doubt
The more that Klopp does not talk about Van den Berg, the more that the Dutchman’s future at Anfield looks bleak in the long-term.
In what seemed like a clever piece of business from sporting director Michael Edwards at the time, the 18-year-old could be the first player on Edwards’ watch to have flopped after just over a year on Merseyside.
This would push Van den Berg further down an already competitive pecking order, with a loan move appearing to be the sensible option for the young Dutchman.
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