Liverpool youngster Sepp van den Berg has revealed he “lost all muscle strength” in his left leg following a torn ankle ligament suffered in October.

The defender is currently on loan at German side Schalke, who he joined on loan in the summer transfer window in search of regular playing time that wasn’t on offer at Anfield.

He started the season as a regular in the team but has been out since October after suffering a torn ankle ligament in the clash with FC Augsburg.

That was the first big injury of his career to date, with Liverpool and Schalke eventually deciding on surgery after a ‘consultation’ in London.

He’s been working his way back since, hoping to be fit for the second half of the campaign and continue featuring regularly to build on his successful loan spell with Preston North End last season.

He’s now detailed that process, admitting he didn’t realise the extent of the injury he had suffered at first.

“People say it looked bad,” Revier Sport report the Liverpool defender saying.

“But I try to forget about it. If I thought about it too much, I might get a bit scared that it would happen again.

“I couldn’t even realise what had happened at first. Sure, my ankle was swollen and looked bad, but I had the feeling that I would soon be able to get back into training. Mentally, I hadn’t flipped the switch yet.

“My complete focus has been on getting back into team training. Basically, I lost all my muscle strength in my left leg after the operation.

“And I have to build up those muscles again. That’s what I’m currently doing. It’s about basics. But when I’m back on the pitch with the boys, I want to be better than before.”