Jurgen Klopp has described summer signing Sepp van den Berg as a “wonderful player” but he will have to wait for his Liverpool debut. Paperwork for the 17-year-old, who arrived last month from PEC Zwolle for an initial £1.3million fee, is still being processed by FIFA and until the club receives official confirmation he is only allowed to train with the squad.
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It means he is unlikely to feature in Sunday’s second pre-season friendly at Bradford but will travel to America with the rest of the squad on Tuesday for training and matches against Borussia Dortmund, Sevilla and Sporting Lisbon. Liverpool already have four established centre-backs in Virgil van Dijk, Joel Matip, Joe Gomez and Dejan Lovren but Klopp has not ruled out the Netherlands Under-19 defender being involved with the first team this season.
“It depends. I open the door but the boys have to go through still,” Klopp said. “He is a wonderful player as well, but because of FIFA rules he is not available in the moment, but we have other good players. He thought his future should be here and I thought the same, so now he is here and now let’s work together. “He is 17 years old and when you see him you forget that constantly, but he is 17 and so there is a lot to learn. The good thing is he has the most time to do so, so everything will be fine.”