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Liverpool news round-up: Loanee praised by team-mate, Salah speaks out, Reds icon rates title chances

Championship club defender speaks highly of Liverpool loanee

Preston North End star Joe Rafferty has lauded Liverpool loanee Sepp van den Berg as a beast on the field and stressed the Dutchman has all the attributes to become top centre-back.

He is currently in his second spell at Preston, having featured there on a six-month loan stint last season.

The youngster has been able to establish himself as a regular starter under Frankie McAvoy at Deepdale, getting minutes as a right-back and right wing-back in addition to his natural centre-half role.

Rafferty, Sepp’s Lilywhite team-mate, rates him highly and lauded van den Berg as a beast on the pitch, highlighting his stunning physical qualities.

The 28-year-old Rafferty added that the Reds-owned ace is technically good and says he has all the attributes to develop into an elite centre-back.

Quizzed what he thinks the former Zwolle talent’s best qualities on the pitch are, Joe told LFC TV: “Physically he is a beast.

He has got all the attributes. He is big, he is strong, he is powerful, he is quick. And not just that, technically really good.

“That is probably why Liverpool bought him. He eventually wants to be a centre-back and I think he has got all the attributes to be a centre-back.

Egypt attacker states his intention to see out his career with Liverpool

Mohamed Salah has confirmed he is keen to extend his stay at Liverpool and pen a new deal.

The Egyptian star has been in sensational form for the Anfield outfit this season by scoring 12 goals in 11 matches across all competitions.

While he has let the football do the talking on the field, away from it there seems to be a standoff between himself and the club regarding his contract situation.

The 29-year-old’s current deal expires at the end of the 2022-23 term and in spite of not putting pen to paper on a fresh contract as of yet, Mohamed has now gone public with his willingness to remain on Merseyside.

‘If you ask me, I would love to stay until the last day of my football career, but I can’t say much about that – it’s not in my hands,’ he told Sky Sports.

‘At the moment I can’t see myself ever playing against Liverpool. That would make me sad.

‘It’s hard, I don’t want to talk about it, but it would make me really sad.

‘At the moment I don’t see myself playing against Liverpool but let’s see what will happen in the future.’

Mohamed has regularly been linked with a transfer to the likes of Real Madrid and Barcelona in recent years but news of his intentions to stay on Merseyside will come as a relief to Liverpool supporters.