By Mick Moran – @m1cklfc
Liverpool have, according to reports, won the race to sign Dutch teenage sensation Sepp van den Berg – but who is the young Dutchman?
The centre-back has recently given Reds fans a crumb of excitement as Liverpool threw their hat in the ring for his signature, along with the likes of PSV Eindhoven, Ajax and Bayern Munich.
The 17-year-old centre-half played 15 games for PEC Zwolle in the Eredivisie last year and has ostensibly caught the eye of many of the top teams’ scouts along the way with some solid performances and showing maturity beyond his years in a team that finished 13th in the league table.
Liverpool see the young Dutchman in a similar way as to the way the club viewed Joe Gomez when he arrived from Charlton back in June 2015 – a man who has since gone on to establish himself as an integral part of the current Liverpool team and squad.
The Englishman arrived quite raw, but instantly showed glimpses of what he can offer the club and Jurgen Klopp will hope van den Berg could do the same.
The youngster certainly has similar qualities to Gomez – he is dominant in the air due to his 6′ 2’’ stature. He is extremely strong and accurate in the tackle and most importantly is comfortable with the ball at his feet, much like compatriot Virgil van Dijk.
It is typical of Klopp to find a hidden gem and mould them into a future star – which is what the plan will be for this young centre-half. He certainly has a lot to learn, but who better than van Dijk to show him the ropes and aid his progression?
According to further reports, Sampdoria failed with a £2.25m bid for him back in January but, with van den Berg set to enter the final year of his contract at Zwolle, Liverpool have seemingly jumped to the front of the queue to acquire his signature – a medical will take place on Wednesday.