Sepp van den Berg was adored by the Preston North End faithful for his performances over the last season and a half.
It was always going to be hard saying goodbye to him at the end of the 2021/22 campaign, just as it was with Daniel Iversen and Cameron Archer.
All three are surely destined for greater heights than the Championship, and whilst Iversen and Archer’s immediate futures are unknown it seems Van den Berg could be set for a loan move to a Premier League side.
That’s according to The Daily Mail who have reported that Bournemouth are looking to bring the Dutchman in as they look to secure safety in their first season back in the Premier League.
The defender played 32 minutes of a recent pre-season game for Liverpool against Crystal Palace, but looks unlikely to get much game time in the first team this season with Jurgen Klopp having a strong choice of more seasoned defenders available to him.
The 20-year-old played on the right of a back three in both of Preston’s 2-1 wins over Bournemouth last season, and clearly impressed Cherries manager Scott Parker.
They had another Liverpool defender on loan last season in Nat Phillips, but whilst his future remains unclear it looks like Van den Berg could be set for his first taste of Premier League football.
A strong player in the Championship, the step up to the top flight is a big jump, but Sepp’s progression at Preston was clear for everyone to see.
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Van den Berg’s confidence and maturity grew with each game, and the Bournemouth fans will quickly get behind him after a few performances, as he gives his all, and you can tell he is eager to learn and improve.
Van den Berg played 50 times in all competitions for Preston North End last season, and the experience will stand him in great stead.
He deserves a chance in the Premier League, and if Bournemouth incorporate him into a back three as he was played at Deepdale, then he can continue to shine.
Van den Berg will also look to impress Klopp further with an eye on finally breaking into the Liverpool team, three years after his move from PEC Zwolle.