Liverpool youngster named in Championship TOTW after curious start to season

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Liverpool defender Sepp van den Berg, who is currently on loan in the Championship with Preston North End, has been named in the league’s Team of the Week.

The 19-year-old is into his second term at the Deepdale Stadium, after the Lancashire club agreed another temporary deal with the Reds over the summer.

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Curiously, van den Berg has been utilised primarily as a wide player by manager Frankie McAvoy, with only one appearance at his favoured centre-half position.

But with two goals to his name thus far, it seems the Preston boss may be onto something.

The youngster operated as a right midfielder in Preston’s 3-1 win over Swansea on Saturday, as per Transfermarkt – but his actual role was closer to how Reece James is utilised by Chelsea.

It’s this performance, in which Sepp bagged a goal, that earned him a spot in the Championship Team of the Week.

The full TOTW can be found below…

While Liverpool and Jurgen Klopp would probably rather van den Berg be utilised at centre-half for Preston, it’s hard to argue with the youngster’s outstanding performances.

Time will tell whether Sepp’s appearances at wing-back will have an impact on his Anfield future, but having that versatility in his locker will do him no harm whatsoever.

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