According to The Athletic’s Liverpool reporter James Pearce, Bayern Munich midfielder Ryan Gravenberch remains a target this summer.
Jurgen Klopp and his recruitment team are getting ready for a busy summer on the red side of Merseyside, with one signing already completed ahead of next season.
The six-time Champions League winners confirmed the arrival of Argentine midfielder Alexis Mac Allister this week in an incredible deal that reportedly cost a cool £35m.
The former Brighton and Hove Albion’s arrival at Anfield will be warmly welcomed following a difficult campaign both domestically and on the European stage, with a midfield rebuild desperately needed during the break.
In a piece written for The Athletic this week, Pearce revealed that after Mac Allister there were still a number of midfield targets remaining on the recruitment team’s shortlist with Gravenberch named amongst several others.
Our thoughts on Liverpool’s interest in Ryan Gravenberch…
There is no doubt a refresh of the squad has been long overdue and if Liverpool are to have any chance of pushing for league titles and returning to Champions League, it will be essential to find players who can make a positive impact.
As a result, the signing of Gravenberch could be a great opportunity to add an exciting prospect who can develop and mould into the perfect midfield asset for Klopp to deploy in the centre of the pitch.
Despite struggling for consistent game time with the Bundesliga champions this season, the 21-year-old ace offers a diverse range of skills and capabilities.
As per FBref, Gravenberch ranks in the top 15% of his positional peers across the top five European leagues for shots on goal and shot-creating actions, whilst also ranking in the top 25% for pass completion, progressive passes and successful take-ons.
The Dutch sensation – who has tallied up seven caps in the Netherlands U21s – is most commonly deployed in a central midfield role, but also has a wealth of experience in a more defensive position too.
Owing to his clear strengths in a deeper role, attacking mind and passing range, Gravenberch could become the perfect understudy for Thiago Alcantara, especially since the Spaniard will be in the final year of his contract this season and incredibly injury-prone.
With that being said, this is definitely a move worth keeping an eye on for Liverpool fans as Gravenberch could be the next young up-and-coming player turned superstar under Klopp’s guidance.