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      Sepp van den Berg Player Thread
      Jun 27, 2019 11:00:13 am

      Liverpool have agreed a deal with PEC Zwolle for the transfer of Sepp van den Berg, which will be completed in July subject to international clearance.

      The 17-year-old defender has finalised terms on a long-term contract with the Reds after an agreement was reached with the Eredivisie club.

      Van den Berg told Liverpoolfc.com: “It’s just an amazing feeling.

      “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, the trainer [Jürgen 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.”

      Van den Berg made 15 appearances in the Dutch top flight last season, helping Zwolle to a 13th place finish.

      He is also an international for the Netherlands at U19 level, winning four caps to date.

      Fee is initial £1.3M which could rise to £4.4M depending on first team appearances.
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      Reply #1: Jun 27, 2019 11:48:46 am
      Good signing, apparently beat off interest from Bayern and Barfa (sorry, Barca).

      From what I’ve read he’s not a. Academy signing, they see him possibly going into the first team sooner than later (ala Gomez).
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      Reply #2: Jun 27, 2019 11:49:56 am
      Two words i thought i would never say: welcome sepp.
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      Reply #3: Jun 27, 2019 12:22:25 pm
      Welcome kid. If you're half as good as the last Dutch CB we signed you're in the world's top 5 already ;)
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      Re: Sepp van den Berg Player Thread
      Reply #4: Jun 27, 2019 12:23:12 pm
      Quote

      “It is, for me, the biggest club in the world and it’s a dream come true. I am really excited.

      Enough said.

      Welcome to the club...
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      Re: Sepp van den Berg Player Thread
      Reply #5: Jun 27, 2019 12:32:30 pm
      Van den Berg made 15 appearances in the Dutch top flight last season, helping Zwolle to a 13th place finish.

      Damn, that is actually quite impressive for a 17 year old. I wonder if we will see him play for the first team this season.
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      Reply #6: Jun 27, 2019 12:48:45 pm
      Damn, that is actually quite impressive for a 17 year old. I wonder if we will see him play for the first team this season.

      I’d put money on it if I were a gambling fella.
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      Reply #7: Jun 27, 2019 02:55:17 pm
      I am excited to see this young lad play his first minutes for us in pre-season.

      All the talk around him sure got me hopefull that he'll develop into a good player for us but I'm excited to see and judge for myself.
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      Reply #8: Jun 27, 2019 03:10:41 pm
      A good signing and better value for money than De Ligt
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      Reply #9: Jun 27, 2019 03:23:00 pm
      I’d put money on it if I were a gambling fella.

      Perhaps even becoming 4th choice if Lovren leaves...
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      Re: Sepp van den Berg Player Thread
      Reply #10: Jun 27, 2019 03:31:51 pm
      Will he be in the first team squad in the preseason? Somewhere it said he starts with the Academy. Just wondering where he is seen in the depth chart vs. Hoever or Phillips.
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      Reply #11: Jun 27, 2019 10:50:11 pm
      Did any of the so called experts predict this signing,I am loving the way our club does it's transfer business.
                                                  Welcome to the best club in the world Sepp and I hope you have a long and successfull career here.
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      Reply #12: Jun 27, 2019 11:36:11 pm
      It just makes so much sense for him to come here, best team in the world and the best defender, who is also Dutch, is here, it’s the perfect environment for him to grow.
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      Reply #13: Jun 28, 2019 01:02:37 pm
      Good signing, apparently beat off interest from Bayern and Barfa (sorry, Barca).

      From what I’ve read he’s not a. Academy signing, they see him possibly going into the first team sooner than later (ala Gomez).

      Your sources?  :lmao:

      He is a 17 year old kid. We have four senior centre backs already ahead of him and doubt he is already ahead of Hoever at this stage or Phillips even.

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      Reply #14: Jun 28, 2019 01:19:41 pm
      Your sources?  :lmao:

      He is a 17 year old kid. We have four senior centre backs already ahead of him and doubt he is already ahead of Hoever at this stage or Phillips even.

      Reported in several outlets, with a couple of direct quotes.
      Apparently, the club see him as being on a par, or slightly ahead of Gomez was when he arrived.

      Straight into first team training, but also part of the development squad.
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      Reply #15: Jun 28, 2019 01:23:39 pm
      Media reporting that upon learning that we'd bid and were in talks with the kid, Bayern called Zwolle and Sepp himself to try and hijack the deal. Bodes well for him that he was so sought after, and good on him for making the right decision!

      15 odd first team appearances in a big European league at 17 is impressive, looking forward to watching his development.
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      Reply #16: Jun 28, 2019 01:45:17 pm
      He will need Klopperising and then we will see how good he is but another player who could be here for 10 years or more we are building the future so well
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      Re: Sepp van den Berg Player Thread
      Reply #17: Jun 28, 2019 01:48:07 pm
      https://www.transfermarkt.co.uk/desperate-calls-at-the-medical-bayern-tried-to-stop-van-den-berg-liverpool-deal/view/news/339303

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      Bayern had tried to convince PEC Zwolle’s van den Berg of a change to the Säbener road. On Wednesday, officials for the Bavarian club had a series of increasingly desperate phone calls with the player’s management in an attempt to stop his transfer to Liverpool.
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      Reply #19: Jun 28, 2019 02:11:10 pm
      Your sources?  :lmao:

      He is a 17 year old kid. We have four senior centre backs already ahead of him and doubt he is already ahead of Hoever at this stage or Phillips even.



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      The Sepp van den Berg deal will be formally completed on July 1. Given his age, developing the player will be #LFC’s objective, but he hasn’t been signed for the Academy. He is highly regarded and is expected to progress to the first team quickly

      I highlighted the appropriate part for you, just in case you weren't able to pick it out. ;)
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      Reply #20: Jun 28, 2019 02:34:48 pm
      I think we should get revenge and unsettle Coman!
      FC Hollywood isn't used to competition so it would be magical to see them lose Coman while they're already short on wingers
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      Reply #21: Jul 01, 2019 05:33:10 pm
      Welcome to the club. Work hard and you will earn your chance too.
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      Reply #22: Dec 20, 2019 09:49:22 am
      Happy 18th kiddo, best of luck.
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      Reply #23: Dec 20, 2019 10:40:08 am
      Happy 18th kiddo, best of luck.

      Happy birthday to him but in all honesty do any of you guys see this kid making it with us? He seems very average in the games I've seen, but he is still young.
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      Reply #24: Dec 20, 2019 10:58:44 am
      Happy birthday to him but in all honesty do any of you guys see this kid making it with us? He seems very average in the games I've seen, but he is still young.
      Dont know what to think, still to early days, need more time in his legs before any of us could predict his future.
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      Reply #25: Dec 20, 2019 02:23:03 pm
      Dont know what to think, still to early days, need more time in his legs before any of us could predict his future.

      yes but if you compare him to Hoever for example then the ability and reading of the game is miles apart, Hoever almost looks ready to play for the senior team but Sepp would scare the sh*t out of me if he lined up in the senior team.
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      Reply #26: Dec 20, 2019 05:52:14 pm
      yes but if you compare him to Hoever for example then the ability and reading of the game is miles apart, Hoever almost looks ready to play for the senior team but Sepp would scare the sh*t out of me if he lined up in the senior team.

      However also looks blessed with some superior physical traits, he’s quicker and more nimble/agile by the looks of it.  Den Berg is still so early in his LFC career so it’s best to evaluate a season or so down the line.
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      Reply #27: Dec 20, 2019 05:56:46 pm
      Are people really knocking an 18 year old kid, who played against players who are vastly more experienced and physically developed?

      Anything for a whinge I suppose.

      Let's face it, the kids got thrown to the wolves, through no fault of their own, or the club.
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      Reply #28: Dec 20, 2019 06:37:26 pm
      Prepared to give the dutch national set up and our coaching network the benefit of the doubt for a while.
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      Reply #29: Dec 20, 2019 07:41:06 pm
      Are people really knocking an 18 year old kid, who played against players who are vastly more experienced and physically developed?

      Anything for a whinge I suppose.

      Let's face it, the kids got thrown to the wolves, through no fault of their own, or the club.

      Nothing to do with Physicality, no one is expecting to match that  it's about positioning and awareness and at the moment the jury is out .
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      Re: Sepp van den Berg Player Thread
      Reply #30: Dec 20, 2019 07:53:50 pm
      Not based on the villa game but he seems for a cb timid as f**k,dunno if it's a language issue or if he's not settled in,confidance but something's not right with the way he's playing.
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      Reply #31: Dec 20, 2019 10:06:46 pm
      Nothing to do with Physicality, no one is expecting to match that  it's about positioning and awareness and at the moment the jury is out .

      Not based on the villa game but he seems for a cb timid as f**k,dunno if it's a language issue or if he's not settled in,confidance but something's not right with the way he's playing.

      oh have a day off you daft sods.

      He's a kid playing in a team of kids against a premier league team.

      ffs.
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      Reply #32: Dec 20, 2019 10:28:35 pm
      oh have a day off you daft sods.

      He's a kid playing in a team of kids against a premier league team.

      ffs.

      Who is basing judgements solely based on playing against Villa because I ain't.  So thank you very much for your insight but I think I will judge a player based on what I have seen and what I have seen is not great and I stick by that hopefully it improves but I am usually pretty good at working a players ability out
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      Re: Sepp van den Berg Player Thread
      Reply #33: Dec 21, 2019 02:51:11 am
      Who is basing judgements solely based on playing against Villa because I ain't.  So thank you very much for your insight but I think I will judge a player based on what I have seen and what I have seen is not great and I stick by that hopefully it improves but I am usually pretty good at working a players ability out

      Seeing CB's generally start really progressing between 26-28 i think i will give him 8-10 more years to judge him, he's still growing into his body; and figure our scouts figured his ability with that in mind.
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      Reply #34: Dec 21, 2019 06:11:02 am
      Relax boys, this kid is going to become a solid player, if nothing he got his countryman to mentor him, everything is under control. ;)
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      Re: Sepp van den Berg Player Thread
      Reply #35: Dec 21, 2019 12:11:02 pm
      His biggest problem from the little we’ve seen of him so far is he doesn’t think ahead, his anticipation isn’t there. Obviously physically he has a lot of work to do but that’s natural for a lot of players so that’s not something to worry about. Some players are able to handle themselves physically at that age but the majority aren’t.
      But, I think his reading of the game should be better than what it currently is, that’s my main concern with him. But look, it’s been difficult circumstances we’ve seen him in so far, so it’s not fair to write him off yet. It’s the start of his career so in the environment he’s now in, he’s only going to get better.
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      Re: Sepp van den Berg Player Thread
      Reply #36: Dec 21, 2019 03:56:44 pm
      oh have a day off you daft sods.

      He's a kid playing in a team of kids against a premier league team.

      ffs.
         

      I said not based on the Villa game but we paid money for him and he's played in the dutch league so yep hold him to higher standard then the likes of Remi Savage,who i think is a better player at the moment and Billy Koumetico in the u-18's.If we can't talk about players cos they're young than lock all the f**king threads related to that and we can talk sh*te about Sakho instead.
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      Reply #37: Dec 21, 2019 04:02:23 pm
      Seeing CB's generally start really progressing between 26-28 i think i will give him 8-10 more years to judge him, he's still growing into his body; and figure our scouts figured his ability with that in mind.

      Oh get it now let's wait for 8-10 yrs before we work out if he is good enough 👍 Think I might give this gig a go sounds cool
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      Re: Sepp van den Berg Player Thread
      Reply #38: Dec 21, 2019 04:17:33 pm
      Just look at how old Virgil was before he was acknowledged as a top defender its a very difficult position to master
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      Reply #39: Dec 21, 2019 04:25:01 pm
         

      I said not based on the Villa game but we paid money for him and he's played in the dutch league so yep hold him to higher standard then the likes of Remi Savage,who i think is a better player at the moment and Billy Koumetico in the u-18's.If we can't talk about players cos they're young than lock all the f**king threads related to that and we can talk sh*te about Sakho instead.

      18, been at the club 6 months, and you think you can "judge" him.   :lmao:

      Like I said, have a day off you daft sod.

      He's not long turned pro, and is not even finished growing.

      This is the time to look at the foundations that are there, then build on them and improve area's that need working on.

      You can talk about any player you want, just as I can piss myself laughing at the utter stupidity of someone trying to "judge" a lad who has barely had time to understand our systems, let alone anything else.

      F**k me, much older players than this lad were given loads of time to understand our systems, and what was required of them, including Robertson and Fabinho, and you want to start picking apart a young lad, away from his home, who has only been here 6 months and hasn't even bedded in yet.

      The mind f**king boggles.
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      Re: Sepp van den Berg Player Thread
      Reply #40: Dec 21, 2019 04:39:40 pm
      Not f**king judging, f**king using an internet forum,Seen your previous form on here mate so i'm out of this.
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      Reply #41: Dec 21, 2019 04:57:29 pm
      Not f**king judging, f**king using an internet forum,Seen your previous form on here mate so i'm out of this.

      Got it.
      You can have an opinion, but I can't  :roll:

      Every kid of 18 is going to have weaknesses.
      Picking them out is not edgy, it's lazy.

      You look at his attributes, the foundations he has to build on, how he progresses through the levels, not some half arsed sh*t about being "unsure" or whatever when he's been here 6 months.

      Six f**king months.
      I remember reading on here, when Roberston was being "Klopp'd" what a waste of money it had been, then the same people whinging about why Fabinho wasn't straight into the 1st team.
      6 months isn't even enough time for him to learn our systems.

      The kid will have weaknesses.
      So what.
      That's what coaching is for.
      He's been bought for the future; it's that simple.
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      Re: Sepp van den Berg Player Thread
      Reply #42: Feb 08, 2020 12:22:36 am
      Good solid performance against Shrewsbury.  A massive improvement from his first few performance the kid is on the right track.  The way he winning headers after headers reminded me of another Dutch player!
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      Reply #43: Feb 08, 2020 11:33:14 am
      Good solid performance against Shrewsbury.  A massive improvement from his first few performance the kid is on the right track.  The way he winning headers after headers reminded me of another Dutch player!

      Are we allowed to judge him on his improvement, don't want to incur the wrath of SWAB! ;-)

      In all seriousness he is showing good signs of progress.
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      Re: Sepp van den Berg Player Thread
      Reply #44: Feb 08, 2020 12:29:52 pm
      He has some very good CB's to learn from and he is a baby in terms of age for that position don't think we will see him in contention for a while yet .
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      Reply #45: Feb 09, 2020 01:36:17 pm
      It probably helps him that the pitches have been shrunk and he only has to defend the 16 yard box.  ;)

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