Liverpool’s Van den Berg contemplates Summer move amidst Ajax talks

Liverpool defender Sepp van den Berg is considering a potential departure from the club in the upcoming summer transfer window. The 22-year-old, currently on loan with German side Mainz 05, hinted at the possibility after engaging in talks with Ajax last year.

Van den Berg, who joined Liverpool in 2019, is undergoing his third loan spell, having previously played at Preston North End and Schalke.

Despite making 18 appearances for Mainz this season, the Bundesliga team faces the threat of relegation, adding uncertainty to Van den Berg’s future. Under contract until 2026 at Anfield, Liverpool will need to make a decision regarding his role when he returns in the summer.

Van den Berg expresses his thoughts regarding his transfer

Expressing his thoughts, Van den Berg revealed discussions held last summer,

I called (former Ajax manager) Maurice Steijn in the summer. It was not very concrete, but there was interest. Ajax remains a very big club, but I have my sights set more on abroad. Certainly England or Germany. If I now go looking outside, I might also want to go to Italy or Spain. I have been active abroad from an early age and, never say never, but I am focusing on abroad this summer.”

Had Van den Berg made the move to Ajax last summer, he could have found himself alongside former Liverpool captain Jordan Henderson, who recently completed a move to the Dutch club after terminating his contract with Al-Ettifaq in the Saudi Pro League.

Sharing his admiration for Henderson, he stated,

Henderson is really a top guy. He is a nice man and a real leader both on and off the field. I certainly think that Ajax’s young, talented selection can use someone in midfield who will direct. In my opinion, he can do that as the best. He is a real captain and a great personality.”

Van den Berg emphasized Henderson’s leadership qualities, describing him as a “real leader on the field.” He highlighted Henderson’s impact during matches, noting his ability to take charge and guide the team.

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