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Liverpool's Sepp van den Berg shines in right wing back role for Preston

Sepp van den Berg arguably wasn’t even the main character in his own move to Preston.

The Dutchman joined North End on loan from Liverpool in January, heading to Deepdale for the remainder of the season in search of first-team action.

That was almost an afterthought though, as he was thrown into the deal that saw Ben Davies leave Preston for Liverpool on deadline day.

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Given that Liam Lindsay also arrived, some wondered just where Van den Berg would fit in and how much playing time he would actually receive.

Despite being a centre back by trade, Van den Berg found a home as a right back under Alex Neil, defending solidly whilst offering plenty going forward – something that came as a real surprise.

On Monday, Van den Berg added another string to his bow as he started in a very unfamiliar right wing back role as part of a 3-4-1-2 system at Swansea City.

The 19-year-old was outstanding; he was composed on the ball, got forward to support the attack much better than you would think a centre back could, and there was only one instance where he was really caught out defensively.

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Liverpool have to be loving this. Van den Berg is not only playing regularly, but is also playing in unfamiliar roles and shining there, giving the Reds hope that he can become a first-team star in the future.

As for Preston… we have the chance to sign Van den Berg on loan again next season, and that has to be a priority for North End after recent displays.

Nobody thought Van den Berg would end up being a right wing back, but after Monday’s display, he has shown his versatility stretches even further than we expected.

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