Liverpool's centre-back crisis forced the club's sporting director, Michael Edwards, to make two incomings this past transfer window. Liverpool signed two centre-backs in the dying embers of the January transfer window, Ben Davies and Ozan Kabak.
Ozan Kabak joined on a loan with potential to buy while Ben Davies joined on a permanent move. In what on paper seemed to be a normal transfer, the Ben Davies deal was actually a complicated move that involved the Reds sending Sepp Van Den Berg to Preston North End on loan.
Preston Reporter George Hodgson had high praise for the young defender.
"He’s been playing at right-back, which I don’t he would have expected, but he looks really assured. He is confident, tidy in possession and he is playing out of position, but no one would not know it."
However, Hodgson admits that Van den Berg had to wait to get playtime.
“Van den Berg had to wait for his time to get into the teams. But then he came on against Rotherham, looked good on the ball, and did himself no harm.”
An important question on many Liverpool supporter's minds was would he be able to handle the physicality of English football.
“The one worry was physically, whether he could handle the Championship - but he looks confident on the ball, which Liverpool fans will have seen, and he has done well so far.”
"He is a really bubbly character and you can see why he fits in at Liverpool. By all accounts, he is learning a lot and enjoying it at Preston so far."