Liverpool defender hit by yet another injury blow; could impact Reds target

Liverpool defender Sepp van den Berg has suffered yet another injury blow, and it’s one which could have an impact on a reported transfer target at Anfield.

As reported by Voetbal Primeur, the 21-year-old will miss the European Under-21 Championship due to a muscle tear, having been in line to start in Netherlands’ defence alongside Micky van de Ven, who’ll now require a new centre-back partner.

The latter is reportedly being tracked by the Reds (The i Paper) and admitted that he’d ‘like to’ move to another club if the opportunity to leave Wolfsburg arises (ESPN).

Shurandy Sambo has been called up for the Under-21 Euros in place of Van den Berg, with the Dutch playing their opening match against Belgium on Wednesday.

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The injury blow to the Liverpool youngster is the latest in an unfortunate queue of setbacks he’s endured over the past year.

Having secured a loan move to Schalke 04, Van den Berg suffered ankle ligament damage which precluded him from the first team for more than six months (Transfermarkt).

A hapless own goal in a reserve team fixture in March as he stepped up his recovery added to the torment, and then his club were relegated from the Bundesliga last month, his late-season comeback unable to spare them from the drop.

The Dutchman could return to Liverpool for pre-season with the Reds on 8 July after receiving treatment on the muscle injury, and it remains to be seen if this latest body blow will affect his chances of getting a move elsewhere.

Hopefully once he overcomes this fresh setback, Van den Berg can either impress Jurgen Klopp sufficiently to get further first-team opportunities at Anfield or obtain another loan switch which’d give him regular senior game-time…assuming he doesn’t continue to suffer woeful misfortune with injuries.

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