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Liverpool talent Sepp van den Berg posts emotional message as he leaves Preston

Preston said goodbye to Paul Huntington on Saturday and now it’s a farewell to defender Sepp van den Berg as he returns to Liverpool.

North End’s season is over as they signed off the campaign with a 4-1 home win over Middlesbrough.

This was a perfect way to end the season, giving real hope that the future under Ryan Lowe is a bright one.

There are major changes coming this summer though as Preston need to go on a recruitment drive.

One key for Preston is replacing Van den Berg, whether that’s with existing North End players or a potential new signing.

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Van den Berg joined Preston from Liverpool back in January 2021, arriving on loan as part of the deal that saw Ben Davies move to Anfield.

The Dutch talent was something of an afterthought at the time; most of the focus was on Davies and his move rather than Van den Berg’s switch.

Yet whilst Davies has never played a first-team game for Liverpool, Van den Berg has become a fan favourite at Preston.

Firstly playing as a right back or right wing back – unfamiliar roles to Van den Berg at the time – the 20-year-old performed admirably.

Van den Berg has played mostly as a right-sided centre back under Ryan Lowe, thriving in that role thanks to his pace and ability to bring the ball forward.

What initially looked like a hasty six-month loan deal ended up becoming an 18-month stay for Van den Berg.

Sadly though, that second loan deal is now over and Van den Berg is heading back to Liverpool.

A first-team role at Anfield is unlikely and, in all honesty, we would expect Van den Berg to be heading out on loan again.

Preston can cling to slim hope that Van den Berg will return again, but that’s a very unlikely move.

Van den Berg has now taken to Instagram to post an emotional farewell message, celebrating a ‘special year’ at Deepdale.

Van den Berg added praise for Preston fans and players, claiming he will never forget his time at North End with his final appearance for the club now in the books.

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