In line with journalist Rory Smith, Liverpool consider they now have a midfielder who might be ‘generational-defining’.
The summer season switch window ended with the Reds securing the signature of Ryan Gravenberch from Bayern Munich for £34m (The Instances), their fourth and remaining midfield seize for the reason that finish of final season.
The Dutchman by no means obtained a lot of a look-in with the Bundesliga champions however, primarily based on his prior performances at Ajax, there’s a perception that he might make a seismic impression at Anfield.
Talking on The Monday Evening Membership on BBC Radio 5 Dwell, Rory Smith stated of the 21-year-old: “I believe at Ajax, he was implausible. He regarded like the following one off the conveyor belt. I believe he was Frenkie de Jong’s direct substitute.
“He was the participant that they’d earmarked to exchange De Jong two or three years earlier than he left [for Barcelona]. They stated ‘Look, we’re going to need to shift De Jong out so we are able to get Gravenberch in’.
“He has the expertise; he was one in all three gamers I believe Liverpool had recognized as potential generational-defining midfielders together with [Jude] Bellingham and [Aurelien] Tchouameni, which isn’t dangerous firm to maintain.”
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With Liverpool unable to land both Bellingham or Tchouameni, each of whom at the moment are at Actual Madrid, they’ll see Gravenberch as a prize coup, particularly having landed him with lower than two hours left within the switch window.
If – as Smith suggests – the Anfield hierarchy view the 21-year-old as a ‘generational’ expertise, that speaks volumes of how a lot potential they see in him, particularly below a supervisor like Jurgen Klopp.
Overlook that the Dutchman began solely three league video games in simply over a yr at Bayern (WhoScored); for a participant of his age to have already been at three of Europe’s greatest golf equipment (who’ve been champions of the continent 16 occasions between them) reveals how gifted and highly-rated he’s.
Gravenberch wasn’t signed in time to play in Liverpool’s win over Aston Villa simply earlier than the worldwide break, however having irked his compatriots by opting out of Netherlands under-21 responsibility to deal with his new membership, there’ll be nice pleasure round him every time he makes his Reds debut.
That will properly are available in Saturday’s journey to Wolves, which begins a testing sequence of seven matches in 23 days as Klopp’s aspect goal to construct upon a promising begin to the season.
If he can stay as much as the ‘generational’ tag talked about by Smith, the £34m spent on him will go down as one of many masterstroke transfers of the last decade.
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