Debutant sends message to Reds fans following ‘amazing’ US tour experience

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17-year-old Sepp van den Berg was able to enjoy a moment he’ll never forget early on Thursday morning as he made his debut for the Reds in the friendly game against Sporting Lisbon.

Having signed from PEC Zwolle for a fee potentially rising to £4.3 million, Van den Berg had to wait a while for international clearance meaning he missed four friendlies, but he was finally able to get minutes under his belt yesterday as he came off the bench in the second half.

He wrote on his Instagram page: “Great night yesterday making my debut for this club! Can’t wait for more! The whole tour you fans were amazing, thank you USA!”

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The Dutchman is in the very best possible place to develop as a player under the guidance of Jurgen Klopp and his fellow countryman Virgil van Dijk.

If he gets anywhere near to his potential, his appearance against Sporting Lisbon will be the first of many for the young defender.

He might even get minutes for the first team during the upcoming season if he shows that he’s ready, though he will start with matches for Neil Critchley’s U23s while training with the senior squad at Melwood.

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