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Van den Berg says he spoke to Liverpool star van Dijk about loan move

Sepp van den Berg has talked about a conversation with Liverpool defender Virgil van Dijk.

The centre-half joined Preston North End on a season-long loan deal, but not before he talked to the ‘complete’ Netherlands international.

And in an interview with NOS, the youngster revealed details of his conversations with his countryman.

Van den Berg claims van Dijk told him playing regular minutes was ‘very important’.

The 19-year-old spent the latter half of last season with the Lancashire outfit, becoming a regular.

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He revealed that the option to remain at Liverpool and train with the first team was available, but he chose to return to Deepdale.

So far this campaign, van den Berg has started all but one game for the Championship side across all competitions.

When talking about his conversation with van Dijk, van den Berg said: “He (Van Dijk) asked me how I thought it went at Preston and told me that he thought it was a good choice because making minutes is so important.”

Loan spells develop young players like van den Berg

When you are young and at a club like the Reds, minutes are often hard to come by.

Loan spells help the likes of van den Berg develop so they are ready to eventually start for a club like Liverpool.

Making the step up directly from the youth sides is more often than not a massive jump, and impossible for many youngsters.

As a result, plenty have found themselves in the Championship, developing their game.

Mason Mount, Emile Smith Rowe and Havey Elliott are just three players who have done just that.

The latter two are regulars for Premier League giants Chelsea and Arsenal, so it is clearly a method that works.

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