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Liverpool to sign Dutch defender Sepp van den Berg from PEC Zwolle

Liverpool have concurred terms to sign the highly rated Dutch defender Sepp van den Berg from PEC Zwolle, who says he thought the club’s methodology “was a joke”.

The 17-year-old centre-back, who was coveted by Ajax and Bayern Munich this summer, will cost the Champions League victors an initial £1.3m. The expense could ascend to £4.4m should he make a substantial number of Premier League and European appearances.

Van den Berg isn’t being signed as an academy player by Liverpool however as a youthful ability who can be created at first-team level under Jürgen Klopp. His is the first deal struck by Liverpool this transfer window and he will finish his proceed onward 1 July.

Speaking to Liverpool’s website, Van den Berg stated: “It’s just amazing. It is, for me, the biggest club in the world and it’s a dream come true. I am really excited.

“I couldn’t believe it, I thought it was a joke. To be honest, I was a little bit scared at first because such a big club had interest in me. I think this is the best place for me to grow and hopefully play a lot of games here.

“I’ve seen what kind of players from the Academy have grown into the first team. [Klopp] is a great guy and one of the reasons they are successful – and also one of the reasons I came here. I was thinking about [the idea of] training with Virgil [van Dijk]. For me he is the best defender in the world right now, so I can learn a lot from him.”

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