Liverpool defender Sepp van den Berg disclosed engaging in transfer discussions with Ajax last summer, indicating a potential departure from Liverpool.
The Netherlands Under-21s international is presently on loan at Mainz 05 in Germany, amassing 18 appearances and contributing one goal to aid the team in maintaining a precarious position just above the relegation zone.
This marks the third temporary transfer for the Dutchman during his tenure with Liverpool, having previously undertaken spells with Preston North End and Schalke subsequent to his £1.3m transfer to Anfield in the summer of 2019.
Despite having participated in only four first-team matches for Liverpool thus far, Van den Berg openly admits his aspirations for another overseas move.
“I called (former Ajax manager) Maurice Steijn in the summer,” he told ESPN. “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.”
Although Van den Berg remained at his current club and did not join Ajax, his ex-Liverpool captain, Jordan Henderson, successfully made his own move to Amsterdam earlier this week.
The 22-year-old believes that Henderson, his former teammate, is a valuable addition to the Dutch giants.
“Henderson is really a top guy,” he said. “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. “Off the field, if there is something wrong with the player group, for example, he can discuss it very well with a trainer.
“He is good at getting realistic things out of it. You can laugh with him and have good conversations, so he is a nice guy. He is also a real leader on the field.
“During the corona period you could walk through the empty stadiums. You can hear clearly what was happening on the field. If you watch Liverpool matches, you can hear him above everyone else.
“So he really takes the team in tow. As far as I’m concerned, he’s a super good captain.”
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