Liverpool are ready to open negotiations with defender Sepp van den Berg over a new deal, Football Insider understands.
The Merseysiders purchased the 17-year-old centre-back from PEC Zwolle in the summer for a sum of £1.3 million rising to a potential £4.5 million.
An Anfield source has told Football Insider that the side are set to discuss a new and improved deal for the Dutchman as a reward for his progress.
Head coach Jurgen Klopp has been hugely impressed by the development of the youngster and discussions are planned over a long-term contract.
Van den Berg penned a contract when he joined on 1 July but, less than six months later, the star is in line for an extension.
Sepp turns 18 later this month but has already played two senior games, both of which came in the League Cup.
Klopp trusted Sepp with a full 90 minute run-out along with Joe Gomez in the 5-5 thriller against Arsenal that was eventually won by the Reds on penalties.
This suggested that the ace is regarded as fifth in the centre-back pecking order behind Virgil van Dijk, the injured Gomez, Dejan Lovren and Joel Matip.
Jurgen has been careful not to put too much pressure on the Reds’ youngsters, but Van den Berg is likely to be handed his third senior appearance versu Aston Villa later this month.
The club are set to field an inexperienced line-up for the League Cup quarter-final on 17 December, as the seniors are pinpointed to play in the Club World Cup just 24 hours later.