Genk official on Liverpool interest in Sander Berge
Liverpool just played a double feature in the Champions League against Genk, and apparently, Jurgen Klopp spoke to Sander Berge, Genk’s 21-year-old midfielder, after the Anfield game and told him he was a ‘special player’.
Now, as quoted by Mirror, Genk sporting director Dimitri De Conde spoke to Radio Punto Nuovo and told them that he knows Liverpool have been following Berge ‘closely’. Napoli are apparently interested too, but nothing is settled yet as Liverpool look to ‘hijack’ the move. Asked about whether the deal with the Serie A club was done, De Conde said:
“If Napoli has already blocked Berge? I read it and it’s not like that. Napoli are interested in Sander and it is a possibility.
“We also know Liverpool follow him carefully. Klopp spoke to the boy after the Anfield game, congratulating him on the performance.
“In Italy there are clubs that follow Berge and Napoli could be one of these, but to date we have no concrete offers on the table. It could even change in the coming weeks.”
“Our intention is to hold on to Sander until the end of the season, but we can’t make any predictions. If the big clubs come knocking at our door, we will have to start negotiations, just as the agent has to do.
“These are situations we can’t predict, we’re focused on our season, hoping to keep Sander until May. Then if a top club like Napoli is serious, we will sit at the same table to negotiate, it is logical.
“The current valuation of Berge? We do not talk about figures; we do not set a price at the moment. We will see when we find ourselves in a negotiation.”
Nonetheless, Mirror believe the youngster to be valued at around £18 million.