Liverpool have reached an agreement to sign Netherlands U19 defender Sepp van den Berg for an initial £1.3m. Fee payable to PEC Zwolle for the 17 yo could rise to £4.4m if he makes 350 apps for #LFC. Transfer formally completed on July 1. The Reds beat Bayern Munich and Barcelona for player.
Career so far
At just 17, Van den Berg’s professional career is understandably brief with the teenager only making his first-team debut in March last year.
Born in the Dutch city of Zwolle in 2001, the centre-back joined local amateur club CSV ’28 as a seven-year-old in 2008.
Van den berg’s form for CSV alerted the attention of PEC Zwolle, a larger team based in the city, and the youngster switched sides in 2012.
After continuing to develop in PEC’s youth ranks, the Dutch youngster was handed his first-team debut in a 2-0 defeat away to Groningen in the Eredivisie in March 2018.
Van den Berg has since gone on to feature a further 21 times in the league for PEC, helping the Jaap Stam-led side to finish 13th last season.
The teenager has also been capped three times by the Netherlands at under-19 level, scoring once.
What type of player is he?
Van den Berg is a modern centre-back who is happy to get on the ball and help his team play out from the back, while also carrying out his defensive duties diligently.
Standing at 6″2′, the teenager is tall for his age and already looks an imposing figure at the back.
The 17-year-old is not afraid of the big occasion and impressed for PEC in games against Ajax and PSV Eindhoven last season.
Liverpool have paid £1.3m for the young Dutchman, who also attracted interest from Bayern Munich, Ajax and PSV.
The defender will at first spend time in the Reds’ youth set-up in the hope he can one day break into the first team.
The fee will rise to £4.4m if he makes 350 first-team appearances for Liverpool.
On signing Sepp van den Berg said
“I saw a lot of videos on social media. I am really excited to meet the fans.
“Football without fans is nothing. I can say Liverpool has the best fans in the world, so I am really excited to hopefully play with them behind me.”
Then goes on to post on his Instagram – ” I’m really happy to sign for this amazing club! Words can’t discribe how thankfull I am. I feel honoured to say that I am now a @liverpoolfc player!! I’m looking foward to next season, see you soon! #YNWA ”