Sepp van den Berg joined Schalke on a season-long loan from Liverpool at the end of August, having already completed the formalities on the substitution elsewhere.
It’s a situation Liverpool have found themselves in in recent years, with every detail of where to talk about a transfer before the plug was pulled at the last minute.
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Now, it turns out that a similar situation occurred with Van den Berg in the summer transfer window, only to delay Liverpool’s signing of a loan for the Championship to see the deal collapse.
Blackburn director of football Greg Bruton, speaking to the club’s official website, explained how close the Dutchman is to joining.
“I think it was known that he was here, he did his treatment, he did his interviews and he was photographed with the media team,” Broughton revealed.
“There was an injury crisis at Liverpool, they weren’t ready to sign that despite the fact that everything was done on our end.”
Liverpool have received approaches from both Blackburn and Burnley, and although Van den Berg himself claimed there was no deal with Claret, a move to Ewood Park was clearly more appropriate.Read:UNC Football vs. Pitt: How to watch, channel, streaming to day
But with Ibrahima Konate, Joel Matip and Joe Gomez struggling with fitness, the 20-year-old had to be on the bench for matches with Fulham, Crystal Palace, Man United and Bournemouth.
By the time Gomez was back on pace and Matip was back in training, the pieces had moved when it came to Van den Berg and Blackburn.
“as such [the injury crisis] In the end, Liverpool won 9-0 at home and we got a call to say the deal could be done very quickly.”
However, Schalke sold a player to Milan overnight and things turned again.
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“We weren’t willing to wait for Seb to make his decision and had to move quickly to get all of Dom [Hyam] and Clinton [Mola] Then “.
Van den Berg eventually joined Schalke 04, replacing AC Milan-bound owner Thiau, but Bruton’s comments show rare transparency about developments in the transfer talks.
Blackburn and Liverpool maintain a strong relationship regardless, with Tyler Morton currently on loan with FC Lancashire, following similar deals with Harvey Elliott and Leighton Clarkson.