Liverpool Close to Selling First Player Under Arne Slot as Clubs Begin Negotiations

Liverpool and Mainz have initiated talks regarding the transfer of defender Sepp van den Berg.

This suggests that the Dutch defender could be the first player sold by Liverpool following Jurgen Klopp’s departure and the commencement of the Arne Slot era.

Florian Plettenberg reports on X that discussions about van den Berg’s permanent move are currently in progress between the two clubs.

“Excl. News Sepp van den Berg | Negotiations between Liverpool and Mainz about a permanent deal have started! #LFC

Mainz 05 want to keep the 22 y/o central defender. And van den Berg, eager to stay.

Mainz bosses, optimistic to find an agreement with Liverpool soon.”

Van den Berg enjoyed a successful loan spell at Mainz 05 this past season, the same Bundesliga team where Jurgen Klopp first gained recognition.

As the Merseysiders draw attention with their asking price for the Dutch center-back, the 22-year-old is keen to join the Bundesliga team.

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Van den Berg initially joined Liverpool from Dutch team Zwolle, with his transfer appearing to be a long-term commitment.

Some even saw him as Virgil van Dijk’s eventual replacement, but his career trajectory has not followed that path as many expected.

He has played for Schalke and Preston North End before spending his third consecutive season on loan. Last season, he impressed at Mainz in the Bundesliga.

Now, he is considering a permanent move to the German top flight, with Mainz eager to retain him.

The Defender Needs a Move Away from Liverpool

A departure from Anfield is currently the best move for his career.

Since joining the Merseyside club, he has had limited opportunities to showcase his talent, which has hindered his development as a player.

Last season marked a pivotal moment in his career as he showcased his skills in the Bundesliga, impressing Mainz.

Given the lack of prospects for breaking into Liverpool’s starting lineup, leaving the Premier League club is exactly what his career requires right now.

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