Liverpool teenager Sepp van den Berg opens up on learning from Virgil van Dijk

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Sepp van den Berg said his fellow countryman Virgil van Dijk has already taught him some valuable lessons as the 17-year-old continues his development at Anfield.

Van den Berg was signed in June and has been appearing regularly for the Under-23 side after featuring for the senior side during their pre-season tour.

While the centre-back is not expected to break into the first-team any time soon, he said some of the more experienced players have already taken him under their wing.

“They actually teach me everything,” van den Berg told Fox Sports . “Virgil van Dijk, for example, who I can watch, they teach me how to win the Champions League final. That’s football.

Sepp van den Berg in action for Liverpool in a Premier League 2 match against Chelsea

“Everyone helps me. I can learn the most from van Dijk. So if he gives me tips, I’ll save them. If I make a mistake like not stepping up and things like that. It is things you need to know.

“Everyone has received me well. That has made me feel good. In the end, I’m not here in vain. I want to show what I can do.”

Van Dijk is being tipped by some to win the Ballon d’Or ahead of the illustrious names of Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi after a sensational season which also saw him win the UEFA Player of the Year award.

No defender has won the Ballon d’Or since former Italy defender Fabio Cannavaro in 2006, but after van Dijk led his side to the Champions League title and narrow runners up spot in the Premier League, he is the favourite to pick up the prestigious gong.

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And Real Madrid’s legendary centre-back Sergio Ramos believes van Dijk is well worthy of winning the award.

Speaking at the launch of his new Amazon Prime documentary he said: “If van Dijk wins it, it will be on sufficient merit – great defender.”



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