Few or no one has noticed much about Liverpool’s special summer signing. The young defender Sepp van den Berg has joined from PEC Zwolle. The Dutch U.19 international is a player to watch and he could be the best signing ever done by the German “Superman”.
For a fee of only £1.3million, Klopp might have found a player that could be the ideal partner to Virgil van Dijk in a “Dutch Duo” partnership. Will be interesting to see if that problematic role being held by a group of three, Matip, Lovren and Gomez, finally is settled.
Liverpool will be chasing that Premier League title this season again, and maybe the two front runners will just switch places and pick up the other trophy. Pep Guardiola is really eager to finally get his hands on the Champions League trophy again, while Jurgen Klopp will of course be more interesting in what Pep has in the cabinet.
So how can the young defender, Sepp van den Berg be that player. He is a young player, a tall one and as we see, the generation of young Dutch players are just coming through, not just at Ajax were the hype has been with the Champions League final and being captained by 19 year old Matthijs de Ligt, who is now a Juventus player.
While at Liverpool, Jurgen Klopp has used a massive amount of money, but also sold stars and of course the Felipe Coutinho transfer comes in mind. A player demanding a move away from a club that were going to win something again and force his way out of Anfield in unbelievably manner.
While at Borussia Dortmund “unknown” players were nursed by Klopp to become stars of Europe, with the likes of Lewandowski, Kagawa, Schmelzer and Kuga, who all made their way into fame under the wings of the now Liverpool boss.
To follow Sepp van den Berg, who is a coming star, will be interesting. He can also play at right back. As we all know, going back a number of years, a player named Sami Hyypia comes to mind. The tall “Fin” joined Liverpool from another “shadow” club in Holland, Willem II and hit if off instantly. His presence at Anfield will never be forgotten.
Alan Hansen another legendary defender at Liverpool was signed in similar manner joining from Partick Thistle at a young age, moving south for a fee of only £100.000. Larry Lloyd and Emlyn Hughes are other examples of players that came from respectively Bristol Rovers and Blackpool to build a great 1972/73 defensive block ending as league winners.
So to move for the obvious star might not be the right way forward for Liverpool and Jurgen Klopp finding talent where no one else really are out looking, is nothing new regarding that clever mind of his talent scouting.