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PNE haven't yet been able to fulfil Sepp van den Berg's big wish since returning from Liverpool

Preston North End have seen Liverpool loanee Sepp van den Berg become a fan favourite – without even playing in his preferred position.

PNE managed to sign Van den Berg in January, taking him on loan for the rest of the season.

The Dutchman came in from Liverpool, arriving as part of the deal that saw Ben Davies trade Deepdale for Anfield.

Van den Berg arrived as a centre back but quickly became a starter elsewhere.

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Alex Neil deployed Van den Berg as a right back, with Frankie McAvoy pushing him further forward into a wing back role.

When PNE extended Van den Berg’s loan deal for an extra year, the Liverpool youngster indicated he wanted to play at centre back.

So far this season though, PNE have been unable to fulfil that wish. Instead, Van den Berg continues to start as a right wing back.

Is there any way for Van den Berg to get into that role?

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Possibly. Summer signing Matthew Olosunde was signed to play in that wing back role, but has missed the season through injury.

The American should be back soon, giving McAvoy another option in that area of the pitch.

Yet there would need to be an opening at centre back. Andrew Hughes, Patrick Bauer and Jordan Storey have fared well this season, making it hard for Van den Berg to get in there.

It may take an injury for Van den Berg to play in his preferred role, and he ultimately needs Olosunde to stay fit and impress in order to engineer that move inside before heading back to Liverpool again – where his future is more likely to be at centre back than right back.

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