Liverpool are poised to let Sepp van den Berg leave the club on loan despite their dearth of fit natural centre-backs at the club. Jurgen Klopp is currently relying on Nat Phillips and Rhys Williams to deputise alongside Fabinho at the back.
With Virgil van Dijk and Joe Gomez fighting to play again this season after long-term knee injuries, Fabinho has become the Reds’ go-to centre-half.
Joel Matip is Klopp’s first-choice partner for the Brazilian but the towering Cameroonian continues to be dogged by niggles, currently a muscle injury.
Klopp therefore named two midfielders in central defence in Liverpool’s last Premier League match as they lost 1-0 to Southampton last Monday.
Fabinho meanwhile played the full 90 minutes alongside Williams in the FA Cup win over Aston Villa on Friday night, though the academy graduate was undone by Villa youngster Louie Barry before half-time.
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Van den Berg, who turned 19 last month, meanwhile joined Liverpool from PEC Zwolle in the summer of 2019 for a fee of around £1.3million.
The teenager had made 23 first-team appearances for the Dutch outfit before moving to Merseyside, where he has played for Liverpool’s senior side on four occasions, all last term.
Netherlands under-19 international Van den Berg is however well down the Anfield pecking order and Liverpool will let him leave on loan this month.
The Liverpool Echo say that three clubs have contacted the Premier League champions about the prospect of taking the defender on a temporary basis.
Teams from Belgium, Switzerland and Germany have all been in contact and a move could be confirmed in the next week.
The Echo add that Championship outfit Blackburn Rovers have also enquired about the Dutchman.
Fellow Liverpool prospect Harvey Elliott is currently at Ewood Park and has produced four goals and six assists in England’s second division.
The Reds want Van den Berg to get regular minutes with even Billy Koumetio, just 17 years of age, above him in Klopp’s list of options.
The young Frenchman made his debut in the Champions League draw with FC Midtjylland in early December and is highly rated within the club.
Despite his promise, Van den Berg has only made the first-team match-day squad once this season when he was an unused substitute against Lincoln City in September as Liverpool ran out 7-0 winners in the Carabao Cup.
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Liverpool are said to be unlikely to recruit a centre-back in the January window despite being down to slim pickings.
Klopp said recently: “No I cannot say definitely we will not bring anyone in. It is just not likely because of the situation in the world.
“We should not forget that the situation is a tough one for all people, and for football clubs as well.
“There might be, I don’t know, there might be some clubs who have absolutely no financial problems. But this club always was and always will be, with these owners, very responsible with the things we do.”
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