Sepp van den Berg
Date of birth
Following a successful loan spell from Liverpool in the second half of the 2020/21 campaign, Sepp van den Berg returned to Deepdale ahead of the following season.
The Dutch defender joined on a season-long loan from the Premier League club on 21st June 2021.
Having made his debut in the Eredivisie for PEC Zwolle at just 16 years of age, Sepp's development quickly moved along, going on to feature six times in his first season and 14 in the next.
Upon making ten appearances in the Dutch top flight, he became the youngest player to do so since Clarence Seedorf in the 1990s.
The defender was quickly catching the eye of Europe's top clubs and it was Liverpool who won the race for his signature in 2019.
He featured four times for the Reds' senior team in his first season at Anfield, while being named in the squad for their FIFA Club World Cup victory in Qatar.
Sepp went unused, though, at the beginning of the 2020/21 campaign and then came the chance to head out on loan, and it was Preston North End who he joined on deadline day in February.
Despite his favoured position being centre back, Sepp played the majority of his 16 appearances for PNE at right back, or right wing back, and never looked out of place in his first appearances in English league football.
Both the club and Sepp were keen to sort a deal which would see him return for the 2021/22 season, and that was sorted prior to pre-season, with the 19-year-old signing a season-long loan.
Away from club football, he has featured in the Netherlands youth setup. As of June 2021, he had made ten appearances for their U19s, scoring on three occasions.