There was a way to join Ajax…Sepp van den Berg reflects on the events of last summer

There was a way to join Ajax...Sepp van den Berg reflects on the events of last summer Transfers

22-year-old defender Sepp van den Berg joined Liverpool from the Netherlands in 2019, but has been on loan at Anfield.After loan spells at Preston North End and Schalke, he is playing for Mainz this season.

The former Netherlands U-21 center back is on loan in the Bundesliga after last season, but he could have found a way to play for Ajax.

The player revealed that he spoke with the former Ajax coach during the transfer market last summer, but said he was aiming for a bigger league.

“I called (former Ajax manager) Maurice Steijn in the summer,”

“It was not very concrete, but there was interest.”

“Ajax remains a very big club, but I have my sights set more on abroad. Certainly England or Germany. If I now go looking outside, I might also want to go to Italy or Spain.”

“I have been active abroad from an early age and, never say never, but I am focusing on abroad this summer.”


The 22-year-old defender, who has played 19 games for Mainz and continues to fight his way out of the relegation zone, mentioned former Liverpool midfielder Jordan Henderson, who joined the powerful club in his home country, where he could have played, and claimed in high spirits that he is a superb captain.

“Henderson is really a top guy,”

“He is a nice man and a real leader both on and off the field. I certainly think that Ajax’s young, talented selection can use someone in midfield who will direct.”

“In my opinion, he can do that as the best. He is a real captain and a great personality.”

“Off the field, if there is something wrong with the player group, for example, he can discuss it very well with a trainer.”

“He is good at getting realistic things out of it. You can laugh with him and have good conversations, so he is a nice guy. He is also a real leader on the field.”

“During the corona period you could walk through the empty stadiums. You can hear clearly what was happening on the field. If you watch Liverpool matches, you can hear him above everyone else.”

“So he really takes the team in tow. As far as I’m concerned, he’s a super good captain.”


His contract with Liverpool runs through June 2026, but he is likely to leave in this summer’s transfer market.

He will need to find a club willing to pay his asking price, but will he be able to escape his loan spell and secure a full transfer…?