Van den Berg in the goals at Preston and Clarkson following in Harvey Elliott’s footsteps

Sepp van den Berg and Leighton Clarkson are among the Liverpool loanees who impressed at their temporary clubs in August. BEN PAINTER reports.

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Liverpool have enjoyed a strong first month of the new season, winning two and drawing one game in the Premier League all the while never looking at all like they were in danger of losing.

But not everyone employed by the Reds has been playing a part in that, as some have been away on loan at various other clubs.

Here’s how they have been getting on:


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Ben Davies – Sheffield United

The English defender was brought in as a back up central defender in January, but failed to make a single Liverpool appearance. He only joined the Blades on August 16 and was an unused substitute in the 4-0 defeat away at West Brom just two days after he signed.

He made his debut on August 21, playing the full game in the left side of a back three but lost 2-1 at home to Huddersfield Town. The Blades had an EFL Cup tie three days later but Davies was absent from the squad as they beat Derby County 2-1.

Davies then returned to the side, again as a centre-back in a back three, as they drew 0-0 away at Luton Town – just their second point in the league. Sheffield United have endured a tough start to the season following their relegation and end the month in 23rd place.

Games: 2
Goals: 0
Assists: 0

Ben Woodburn – Hearts

The Welsh International has found Liverpool appearances hard to come by over the last couple of seasons and has had to go out on loan to get game time.

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This season is no different, as Woodburn joined Hearts on loan on August 23 and only played once for his club before the international break.

He started as a right-sided forward in a 3-4-2-1 formation as Hearts beat Dundee United 2-0 – he played 62 minutes on debut for the Edinburgh side.

Hearts have had a great start to their campaign in the Scottish Premiership and are currently in second place, ahead of Steven Gerrard’s title winning Rangers.

Games: 1
Goals: 0
Assists: 0

Sepp van den Berg – Preston North End

Van den Berg was loaned to Preston in January in the deal that saw Ben Davies come to Anfield, and the Lancashire side chose to extend his loan for the 2021/22 season.

The Dutchman started on the bench in the first game of the season, and came on in the 46th minute as they lost 4-1 to Hull City at home. He then started at right wing-back in a 3-0 victory over Mansfield in the EFL Cup and again in a 2-1 defeat at home to Reading.

He was the victim of an unfortunate own goal that saw Huddersfield win 1-0 away in his next game – playing the full game at right wing-back.

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However, in his next game he scored at the over end, the final goal in a 4-2 victory over Morecombe in the EFL Cup, playing this time right centre-half in a back three.

Van den Berg then continued his goal scoring form netting the opener in Preston’s 3-1 victory over Swansea City in the Championship.

Games: 7
Goals: 2
Assists: 0

Adam Lewis – Livingston

The young left-back spent last season on two separate loan spells, first in Ligue 2 with French side Amiens before joining Plymouth Argyle.

Lewis joined the Scottish side in early June but picked up an injury in the first league game of the season – a 3-0 defeat to Rangers at home.

Livingston are rock bottom of the SPFL, and have not won a single game so far this campaign.

Games: 5
Goals: 0
Assists: 0

Leighton Clarkson – Blackburn Rovers

Clarkson is hot on Klopp’s radar and started a game against FC Midtjylland in the Champions league last season.

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To continue his development he was sent out on loan to Blackburn Rovers in the Championship, a move which worked out very well for Harvey Elliott last season.

Clarkson made his debut, playing as a No.10 in a 2-1 defeat to West Brom and then moved to a holding midfield role in a feisty 1-1 draw against Middlesbrough at the end of the month.

Blackburn have started well in the second tier, currently in 10th place and as always are pushing for a return to the Premier League.

Games: 2
Goals: 0
Assists: 0

Paul Glatzel – Tranmere Rovers

Another player highly rated by Liverpool, the forward has had a tough time with injuries and has been loaned out to League Two Tranmere to gain some valuable first team football.

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Glatzel joined on the early last month and his first game he played right midfield in a 1-0 victory over Wallsall.

Then he played as a central player in a 0-0 draw with Port Vale and then came off the bench in a 0-0 draw with Swindon Town.

The youngster of German origin then started as a left-forward in a 3-4-2-1 in a 1-0 defeat at home to Newport on the 21st and then as a left-midfielder in a 4-2-3-1 in another 1-0 loss.

He is still yet to score for Tranmere, but has played in a variety of different roles, showing his versatility, and has an assist to his name in the EFL Cup.

Tranmere are currently in 19th in the table and face Hartlepool United on Saturday.

Games: 6
Goals: 0
Assists: 1


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