Liverpool have confirmed the signing of Sepp van den Berg from PEC Zwolle for a reported £1.3million. The teen sensation has finalised terms on a long-term contract with the Reds after an agreement was struck with the Eredivisie club.
“It’s just an amazing feeling,” the youngster told the club’s official website. “It is, for me, the biggest club in the world and it’s a dream come true. I am really excited.
“I’ve seen what kind of players from the Academy grew into the first team here. It is unbelievable, especially when this kind of big club does that.
“Of course, [Jurgen Klopp] is a great guy and one of the reasons they are successful – and also one of the reasons I came here.
“I think this is the best place for me to grow and hopefully play a lot of games here.”
— Liverpool FC (@LFC) June 27, 2019
Given the age of van den Berg, it’s fair to say that he’d be one for the future. His 20 senior appearances for Zwolle last season won’t go unnoticed though, and Jurgen Klopp may be willing to give him a chance in one of the domestic cups this upcoming season.
Amid the speculation, van den Berg’s representatives – Key Sports Management – had shared a video of their client’s highlights from last season, and it’s safe to say Klopp as bagged himself a gem.
— KeySports Management (@KeySportsMGMT) June 25, 2019
The Zwolle prodigy is bound to be likened to Liverpool stalwart van Dijk, but Joe Gomez would be a better comparison because of their similar career paths thus far.
The young centre-back broke into the senior team in the second half of the 2018/19 season, and earned himself a regular place on the bench – at 17, van den Berg has already made 22 Eredivisie appearances.