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Sepp Van Den Berg Hoping To Learn From ‘World’s Best’

15 April 2021

Preston North End’s on loan Liverpool defender is trying to learn plenty about what he can take into his new role.

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The Dutchman has played right back and, of late, right wing back in recent games and he says that the two role models at his parent club in the full back positions are good to learn from.

He describes Scottish captain Andy Robertson and England international right back Trent Alexander-Arnold as the best out there and says he is trying to learn all the time.

“In my opinion they are the best two full backs in the world,” he told iFollow PNE. “They are different types to me, but I can learn from them.

“I watched them against [Real] Madrid and I have trained with them, so it is good for me to learn from them.”

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He has also been learning from a new manager and he says the stability, with Frankie stepping up from No.2, has been good for the squad: “If the manager gets fired it always has a big impact on the group,” he continued.

“I am happy that Frankie stayed – the staff are already people we already knew as players, which helps.

“We had a good run the first two games, of course then the last game wasn’t good enough, but it has been good.

“We knew the coaching staff from the inside, so we knew what to expect and everything is good going into the last five games.”

He has stayed in the team through two managers and although he admits to running a lot more down the flank, the No.2 is enjoying his time with the Lilywhites.

“Personally, I want to play games and I have been doing that. When a manager changes, everyone wonders ‘am I still going to play’, and I am happy to play and hope to continue doing that.

“It is a different position than I am used to, especially with the five at the back, it is more like a right wing, but it helps me; it is more attacking, looking forward and more one-to-one defending and it will only help me be a better player.

“I have been running more than I have ever done in my life in the recent games, so I have felt that, but with the full backs and wing backs, they have to be everything – they have to attack, they have to defend and I am trying to fit in every role I can, as best I can and I am enjoying it.”

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After the defeat to Brentford, the team have had a full week’s preparations for the trip to the bet365 Stadium and Sepp says this will help them work further on the recent change of shape.

“There is no point looking back. We have to move forward to the next game, which is another chance to win and we are looking forward to it.

“Having a week to prepare for the next game is important and we will be ready for the weekend.

“The new system we have been playing for the last couple of games and it has been working well. We have to train on it and if you know what your mate next to you is going to do, it helps you. We have had a full week this week and we will be ready,” he added.

You can watch the game live on iFollow PNE this Saturday, when former PNE defender Michael Jackson joins Jonathan Breeze for full-match coverage from approximately 12 noon live and exclusively for UK and Irish residents. Click here now to purchase a match pass for £10.

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