Sepp van den Berg left Liverpool at the end of August on a season-long loan after having already completed the necessary paperwork for a transfer elsewhere
Liverpool has been in this predicament in recent years, where every aspect of a deal is discussed before the final switch is pulled.
Prior to a possible £53 million transfer from Lyon in 2018, Nabil Fekir underwent media duties with club officials; however, a glitch in his medical and a last-minute change of demands caused it to fall through.
Now it has come to light that a similar circumstance occurred with Van den Berg during the summer transfer window, but the arrangement fell through because Liverpool took too long to approve a loan to the Championship.
Gregg Broughton, the director of football of Blackburn, discussed how close the Dutchman came to signing with the team in an interview with the club’s official website.
According to Broughton, “I think it was open information that he was here, that he did his medical, that he did his interviews and his shots with the media crew.”
Then Liverpool experienced an injury issue, and even though everything was taken care of on our end, they refused to sign it off.
Burnley and Blackburn both made approaches to Liverpool, and while Van den Berg has stated there was no agreement with the Clarets, it is obvious that a transfer to Ewood Park was preferable.
But the 20-year-old had to sit on the bench for the matches against Fulham, Crystal Palace, Manchester United, and Bournemouth because Ibrahima Konate, Joel Matip, and Joe Gomez were all having fitness problems.
The pieces for Van den Berg and Blackburn had already been shifted by the time Gomez had caught up and Matip had resumed training.
Liverpool triumphed 9-0 at home as [the injury issue] neared its conclusion, and Broughton said, “We got the phone saying that the deal may happen pretty rapidly.
But overnight, Schalke sold a player to AC Milan, and things started to move once more.
We couldn’t have waited for Sepp to make up his mind, so we had to act immediately to bring in Dom Hyam and Clinton Mola.
In the end, Van den Berg switched places with Malick Thiaw, who was headed to Milan, at Schalke, but Broughton’s remarks display an uncommon level of candor regarding the progress of the transfer negotiations.
The link between Blackburn and Liverpool is still strong, as evidenced by Tyler Morton’s loan to the Lancashire club, which follows similar arrangements for Harvey Elliott and Leighton Clarkson.