Liverpool reject offers from Mainz and Wolfsburg for Sepp van den Berg

Liverpool reject offers from Mainz and Wolfsburg for Sepp van den Berg

Sepp van den Berg has made it clear in recent months that he is unhappy with the way his career has panned out at Liverpool, with the Reds having loaned the 22-year-old out on several occasions over the years with stops at Preston North End, Schalke and Mainz.

At least one of those clubs, Mainz, where he spent last season, have also made it known that they are interested in signing him permanently and it has been suggested that the player himself would be open to the idea. It now appears that Wolfsburg are also interested.

However, according to James Pearce of The Athletic, the offers from both Bundesliga clubs have been rejected by Liverpool, who are keen to give Van den Berg a chance to impress new manager Arne Slot in pre-season. This is hardly surprising news.

In fact, just last week, reports from Mainz’s side of the transfer story indicated that the German club were not expecting a quick resolution, but suggested that this was mainly due to Liverpool currently being short of a few senior centre-backs.

Van den Berg will certainly have the chance to impress Arne Slot and perhaps even convince the club that he has a role to play this season. But the Reds are currently without Virgil van Dijk, Ibrahima Konate and Joe Gomez due to the ongoing Euros.

In other words, they are short of players to start pre-season. Van den Berg will therefore stay, at least for now. The only difference between the German and English reports is therefore whether the focus is on those absent defenders or on his chances of impressing.