Liverpool’s Sepp van den Berg helps seal first win in Bundesliga
Liverpool loanee Sepp van den Berg who joined Schalke, helped his side register its first Bundesliga victory after 483 days.
While Premier League was suspended following the Queen’s passing, Bundesliga was in full action on Saturday.
On Saturday evening, two winless Bundesliga sides Schalke 04 and Vfl Bochum were up against each other in Schalke’s Veltins Arena in front of 62,000 spectators.
The home side have struggled for form in their return to the top flight after spending last season in German’s second division. Before the game, both sides were looking for their first league win of the season.
The home side were looking to avoid a six-game winless start to a Bundesliga for the second time in the 21st century, and if they had to win against Bochum, the team had win improve both their defense and attack.
The home side put past three goals in the game, and also made sure they improve their defense as The Royal Blues have leaked a lot of goals, and the heavy defeat to Union Berlin for 6-1, raised many questions about the team’s backline.
So there comes, the Liverpool loanee Sepp van den Berg who joined Schalke on loan at the end of the transfer window to improve the team’s defense.
First Bundesliga win after 483 days for Schalke, Sepp van den Berg played a huge role
On Saturday evening, the Dutchman made his second start in a Schalke shirt. Previously, he debuted in an away trip to Stuttgart in a 1-1 draw.
Van den Berg partnered with ex-Southampton defender Maya Yoshida as the center-back pair, as the home side started the game in the relegation play-off position.
In a much-improved performance from Schalke, they dominated the game in all departments against the bottom table side. The home registered their first top-flight win after a year, 483 later precisely, as the Veltins Arena erupted with joy.
Speaking after the game, Van den Berg said on Schalke’s official website:
felt at home from the first day.
He also added:
It is important that there is a good understanding among the back four,
This is helped by the fact the team gets on so well with each other.
Among all the Liverpool loanees, the 20-year-old was the only one involved in Saturday’s football action.
It is anticipated the Dutchman to make full use of the first-team opportunities at the German top-flight. Given his good start to life at Schalke, Klopp expects more maturity in the highly-rated young defender play.
Moreover, he penned an extension at Liverpool before heading to the Bundesliga. This shows how much the Anfield club has faith in the young and hardworking Dutchman.