Lovren leaving Liverpool could benefit Van den Berg greatly

This article is part of Football FanCast’s Transfer Focus series, which provides opinion and analysis on recent transfer news…

According to Calciomercato, AC Milan have stepped up their pursuit of Liverpool’s Dejan Lovren by meeting with his agent.

What’s the word?

The 29-year-old hasn’t had the greatest of spells on Merseyside and only played in 13 Premier League games last term, featuring for the majority of the season as a rotation player.

The 53-cap Croatian looked rather impressive at the World Cup last year, winning 5.3 aerial duels per game but he wasn’t able to replicate that in a Reds shirt, ultimately falling down the pecking order.

So it’s unsurprising to see that he could be on his way out of Anfield.

Calciomercato have claimed that AC Milan have met with Lovren’s agent, with a view to bringing the player to Italy this summer.

The report suggests Liverpool are looking for €20m-€25m (£19.3m-£22.4m) for his services.

Van den Berg’s pathway

Liverpool opened their account for the summer in terms of transfers by sealing a deal to bring 17-year-old defender Sepp van den Berg to England.

The ginger-haired defender already has plenty of first team experience under his belt, appearing 16 times for PEC Zwolle in 2018/19.

He is expected to train with the first team according to ESPN and with Lovren potentially leaving for Milan, it could be hugely beneficial for the teenager.

Liverpool’s defence is magnificent but who plays alongside Virgil van Dijk could be up for debate.

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Joel Matip impressive hugely, winning 3.1 aerial duels and making 4.6 clearances in the Champions League last season, but Joe Gomez will return to the fold after injury.

Therefore, if Lovren remains at the club it would be extremely unlikely that Van den Berg would be able to push for first team minutes.

Yet, if he goes, the chance of gaining valuable experience in Jurgen Klopp’s side would be elevated.

It would still be some task to dislodge some of those ahead of him in the pecking order, but his path would certainly become clearer.

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