Liverpool star demands transfer after Arne Slot arrival and complains about price tag

Sepp van den Berg wants to leave Liverpool this summer.
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Liverpool signed Dutch defender Sepp van den Berg in the summer of 2019, but the 22-year-old hasn't been able to show Reds' fans much of his potential at the club. Purchased from PEC Zwolle, Van den Berg has been out on a series of loan since arriving at Anfield, and last season was spent in the Bundesliga playing for German outfit Mainz 05.

Van den Berg impressed while at Mainz, especially in the second half of the season, in which he helped the club survive relegation with a nine-game unbeaten run. Many believed that due to Van den Berg's form, and the arrival of new coach Arne Slot, that Van den Berg may have got a chance to impress the Dutchman in pre-season training this summer - but it appears he doesn't want that to be the case.

Van den Berg has made it known that he wants to leave Liverpool after five years of scarcely being at the club. Speaking to Dutch newspaper De Telegraaf, Van den Berg has confirmed that he wants to leave Liverpool and he isn’t happy with the asking price, which is believed to be around the $25m (£20m/€23m) mark.

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He declared: “You [Liverpool] didn’t radiate confidence in me all this time, but you do want to hinder my future. I want to keep playing weekly and develop myself further.

“In Germany I enjoy Dortmund-out with 70,000 men, Bayern Munich-out against Harry Kane, Stuttgart, Leipzig, Leverkusen, against those kinds of clubs I am challenged every week.”

Van den Berg also revealed he believed he was ready to fight for a first team spot in 2021, saying: "I also felt 'ready'. I had a good conversation with the management. He said he had received good reports. I understood that I wasn't going to play [Virgil] Van Dijk, [Joël] Matip or [Ibrahima] Konaté out [the team]. But I thought I could be right behind it. When I didn't get a chance again, I said: 'Figure it out, I want to leave.'

Van den Berg has also spent loan spells at Schalke and Preston North End since signing for Liverpool, and has in fact only made four appearances for the club, and none of them in the Premier League.

According to the Liverpool Echo, Premier League sides Brentford and Southampton are believed to be interested in signing the player after his impressive loan spell with Mainz. says: It's perhaps best for all concerned if Liverpool let the player leave this summer. Of course, the offer has to be right, but after five years at the club it's obvious that he isn't going to play for the first team. If we look at Jarell Quansah's quick ascension last season, you can see Liverpool doesn't have the same faith in Van den Berg.