While not the biggest name in world football, it seems as if Liverpool’s capture of Sepp van den Berg was a bigger deal than one might think.
It has been revealed by Paul Joyce of the Times (subscription needed) that Bayern Munich frantically attempted to sign teenage centre-back Sepp van den Berg whilst the now Liverpool player was undergoing his medical on Merseyside, with the report claiming that the Bundesliga giants were eager to speak to both the player and his family but alas to no avail.
Van den Berg becomes the first signing of the summer transfer window for Liverpool as Jurgen Klopp’s transfer strategy this year appears to be looking at younger talent that can grow into a first-team role in the future as well as looking for quality additions on the bench whilst also trying to ship off some of the deadwood, as per Goal.
The likes of Daniel Sturridge and Alberto Moreno have already been confirmed by the club as players who will leave Merseyside this summer when their contracts expire, with the Spanish left-back already set for a return to his home country via a report from Marca.
While an addition for the future, Van den Berg showed promise last season of becoming a player who could blossom into a first-team level player having made 22 first-team appearances before even turning 18 for PEC Zwolle. In the Liverpool Echo‘s write up of the transfer yesterday, they even reported that decision-makers at Anfield believe he’s good enough to be fast-tracked into the main squad going forward.
Clearly, Liverpool were lucky to get in early for the centre-back, considering the late interest from Munich.
Liverpool fans, will Van den Berg be a success at the club? Let us know!
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