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Lovren’s potential exit should encourage Liverpool newbie van den Berg

Liverpool defender Dejan Lovren is closing in on a move to AS Roma, with the clubs locked in negotiations.

Talks are ongoing about a possible £15 million switch for the Croatia international (Evening Standard), who is way down the pecking order at Anfield.

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The former Southampton man didn’t get much of a look in last season thanks to some injury problems and the great form of Virgil van Dijk, Joe Gomez and Joel Matip.

Lovren has been deemed dispensible by the club, and it is thought Klopp will put his faith in Fabinho to lend a hand at centre-half if required.

One man who should take real heart from Lovren potentially leaving the club though, is youngster Sepp van den Berg.

TBR’s view

Lovren being sold would potentially pave the way for him to become at least involved with the first-team in 2019/20.

Gomez’s injury record at the club has not been too encouraging, and the likelihood is that Klopp will need to rotate the Englishman to keep him fit.

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With Lovren out of the picture there would, in theory, be more chances for van den Berg to play here and there – especially in cup games.

van den Berg recently impressed Neil Critchley for the U21s against Oldham Athletic (Evening Standard), and the early indications are that he has an extremely bright future at Anfield.

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