The defender spent the 2022–23 campaign on loan at Schalke 04, and the club’s sporting director speculates that he might be coming back.
The possibility of arranging another loan deal for the Liverpool defender is being discussed by Schalke 04 and Sepp van den Berg’s representatives.
The 21-year-old, who moved to Liverpool from PEC Zwolle in 2019, spent the 2022–23 season on loan at Schalke 04 and made ten appearances while he and his teammates were relegated from the Bundesliga. Despite missing most of the season with a chronic ankle injury, he impressed during those ten games.
The defender acknowledged it was an “honor” to play for the German team earlier this week in a heartfelt Instagram post thanking the AufSchalke supporters for their support throughout the season and during his injury struggles. Additionally, Schalke 04 has re-entered the 2. Van den Berg appeared set for a loan stint elsewhere as he attempts to continue his development in the professional game away from Anfield. Bundesliga just one season after they achieved promotion back to Germany’s top flight.
But speaking to Voetbal International, Schalke 04’s sporting director Andre Hechelmann revealed that the club is in contact with the player’s family about the prospect of bringing the adaptable defender back to North Rhine-Westphalia for another loan period.
It wouldn’t be the first time Liverpool had authorized consecutive loan deals at the same club for Van den Berg if they were successful in keeping him on for the 2023–24 campaign. His temporary stay at Deepdale was extended by a further 12 months by the Reds in July 2021, six months after he signed with Championship team Preston North End, until the conclusion of the 2021/22 season.