Arne Slot could promote another player to first-team squad as Liverpool reject offers – Liverpool FC

Arne Slot could promote another player to first-team squad as Liverpool reject offers – Liverpool FC

As Arne Slot takes a close look at the squad already at his disposal ahead of the arrival of new signings at Liverpool, defender Sepp van den Berg has caught his eye.

Sitting alongside Slot for his first press conference as head coach, sporting director Richard Hughes suggested it would be a quiet month in the transfer market.

With the Dutchman having started work with his new team at the end of last week – and with many key names still absent – ​​time will be needed to assess the options already available to him.

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Adrian’s departure to Real Betis has led to rumours that 22-year-old goalkeeper Vitezslav Jaros will be promoted to the first team in his place.

And now, James Pearce of The Athletic reports that Van den Berg has made a first impression on Slot, which will lead to an extended audition in pre-season.

2TAXXHR Mainz, Germany. 03rd December 2023. MAINZ, GERMANY - DECEMBER 03: Sepp van den Berg of 1.FSV Mainz 05 in action during the Bundesliga football match between 1. FSV Mainz 05 and SC Freiburg at MEWA Arena on December 3, 2023 in Mainz, Germany. (Photo by Dan O'Connor/ATPImages) (O'CONNOR Dan/ATP/SPP) Credit: SPP Sport Press Photo. /Alamy Live News2TAXXHR Mainz, Germany. 03rd December 2023. MAINZ, GERMANY - DECEMBER 03: Sepp van den Berg of 1.FSV Mainz 05 in action during the Bundesliga football match between 1. FSV Mainz 05 and SC Freiburg at MEWA Arena on December 3, 2023 in Mainz, Germany. (Photo by Dan O'Connor/ATPImages) (O'CONNOR Dan/ATP/SPP) Credit: SPP Sport Press Photo. /Alamy Live News

Liverpool have already rejected offers from Bundesliga clubs Mainz and Wolfsburg, with a price tag set at £20m for a player with two years left on his contract.

Pearce reports that Slot and his staff “believe the defender’s technical ability has increased a level during his time in Germany”, having spent two seasons on loan at Schalke and Mainz.

Van den Berg recorded the highest average speed of any player to take part in Liverpool’s first six-minute running test at AXA, and “should be given the chance to shine in pre-season”.

It comes as Virgil van Dijk, Ibrahima Konate and Joe Gomez are all absent as the Reds continue their preparations ahead of the United States tour.

All three centre-backs will miss at least the start of the tour after reaching the Euro 2024 semi-finals with the Netherlands, France and England respectively.

Jarell Quansah is the only other first-team centre-back currently working under Slot this summer, with Nat Phillips involved but expected to leave.

LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - Sunday 31st July 2022: Sepp van den Berg of Liverpool during a pre-season friendly match between Liverpool FC and RC Strasbourg Alsace at Anfield. Strasbourg won 3-0. (Photo by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - Sunday 31st July 2022: Sepp van den Berg of Liverpool during a pre-season friendly match between Liverpool FC and RC Strasbourg Alsace at Anfield. Strasbourg won 3-0. (Photo by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

Van den Berg is likely to feature heavily in the clashes with Real Betis, Arsenal and Manchester United, and it looks like he has a chance of establishing himself in the new head coach’s plans.

Of course, the player himself has already expressed his desire to leave Liverpool this summer, saying The Telegraph In June, “they have not radiated confidence in me all this time, but they want to hinder my future.”

But with a change on the bench and a new opportunity opening up, he could possibly change his mind about a stay on Merseyside.

However, if a bid in the region of £20million lands in Hughes’ mailbox, Liverpool themselves could face a tougher decision as they assess other centre-back targets such as Leny Yoro.