Sepp van den Berg has returned to Liverpool – and has now spoken about his future for the first time since leaving Preston North End.
Van den Berg joined Preston on loan in January 2021.
Preston sold defender Ben Davies to Liverpool and took Van den Berg on loan as part of the deal.
An impressive spell resulted in Preston extending Van den Berg’s loan move for the full 2021-22 season.
The Dutchman has become a fan favourite at Deepdale, shining whether deployed at right wing back or right centre back.
Sepp van den Berg has returned to Liverpool
Saturday’s 4-1 home win over Middlesbrough was the final game of Van den Berg’s loan spell.
Van den Berg took to Instagram earlier this week to bid goodbye to Preston, branding North End an ‘amazing club’.
The defender has now commented on his future for the first time since playing his final Preston game.
Van den Berg has told Voetbal International that his intention is to impress in pre-season rather than go out on loan again.
Van den Berg added that he knows the competition at Liverpool is ‘fierce’ but intends to fight for his place at Anfield.
“The intention is that I participate in the pre-season and then conquer my place in the dressing room,” said Van den Berg. “At the same time, I know that the competition is fierce. This summer I will fight for a place,” he added.
Is there any hope for Preston over Van den Berg?
It hurts to say it, but no.
Van den Berg has enjoyed 18 superb months as a Preston player and now seems ready for the next step in his development.
That could be a Premier League loan spell or even heading to Germany or the Netherlands.
The only way you can see Van den Berg returning to Preston is if no other club wants him.
Liverpool wouldn’t want Van den Berg sat around kicking his heels next season but he will have many, many suitors.
Van den Berg’s exit is an emotional – and another case of why you shouldn’t fall in love with loan players.