Liverpool loanee Sepp van den Berg has admitted that he could leave the Reds this summer as his Anfield future looks increasingly uncertain.
The centre-back signed for Liverpool when he was just 17-years-old all the way back in 2019, initially joining from Dutch club PEC Zwolle for £1.3m.
However, the youngster has been unable to muscle his way into Jurgen Klopp's plans during his time on Merseyside, settling instead for a series of loan moves.
Van den Berg joined Preston North End in the Championship at the beginning of 2021, moving on to Schalke in Germany for the 2022/23 campaign.
Having struggled with injuries during both loan stints, the Dutchman was offered to Bundesliga outfit Mainz for the current season, where he has been able to put together a string of starts.
The 22-year-old has impressed at times for the struggling German side, but he still doesn't seem to have a future at Anfield.
The centre-back also confessed that he could leave Liverpool permanently in the near future, potentially seeking a move that doesn't see him return to the Netherlands.
"I called [former Ajax manager] Maurice Steijn in the summer," said the defender. "It was not very concrete, but there was interest.
"Ajax remains a very big club, but I have my sights set more on abroad. Certainly England or Germany. If I now go looking outside, I might also want to go to Italy or Spain.
"I have been active abroad from an early age and, never say never, but I am focusing on abroad this summer."
According to reports, Mainz do have the option to buy Van den Berg this summer, although the figure involved in such a deal is unknown.
It would certainly be a surprise if Van den Berg was to emerge as a viable centre-back option for Liverpool, despite the fact that the Reds are seemingly in the market for a defender.
The Netherlands U19 international has only clocked up four appearances for the Reds and is unlikely to convince Klopp of his quality as things stand.