Bayern Munich midfielder Ryan Gravenberch is still reportedly seen as a primary transfer target for Liverpool this summer, with Jurgen Klopp keen on getting a deal over the line.
The Reds picked up their first win of the season on Saturday afternoon, battling their way to a 3-1 win at home to Bournemouth, but the performance wasn’t always convincing.
Alexis Mac Allister again played in defensive midfield, but prior to his harsh red card in the second half, Liverpool did look a little too easy to play through in the middle of the park.
While Wataru Endo has come in as an interesting option this summer, the hope is that a younger No.6 will also arrive between now and the end of the summer transfer window.
According to The Daily Mail, the Merseysiders have “held more productive talks” with Gravenberch over a move to Anfield, with the Dutchman “high on Jurgen Klopp’s list” of potential signings to come in.
Ther player himself is “open” to the idea of leaving Bayern before deadline day arrives next week, suggesting that a transfer could still happen.
Our thought on the latest Gravenberch to Liverpool rumour…
While Gravenberch is clearly a gifted young footballer with a potentially big future in the game – former coach Brian Tevreden once called him “very dominant” – it is hard to see him being the best option for Liverpool this summer, considering he isn’t a No.6 by trade.
The Netherlands international has played there sporadically in the past, but he is better in the No.8 role that Mac Allister and Dominik Szoboszlai have taken up, so signing him would arguably feel like overkill.
Unless Klopp believes Gravenberch can be his solution sitting in front of the defence, Crystal Palace’s Cheick Doucoure looks like the better option, with the report mentioning that “talks had also taken place” over a possible switch from Selhurst Park.
He has Premier League experience after shining for the Eagles across 34 appearances in the competition last season, and he is much more of an out-and-out defensive midfielder in the mould of Fabinho.
Klopp is one to be trusted with transfers, so if he thinks Gravenberch is the best choice to come in fans should respect that decision, but it would come as a surprise.