With the acquisition of Japanese midfielder Wataru Endo, Liverpool has acquired a long-awaited defensive midfielder and is looking to further strengthen its midfield. Not limiting themselves to anchor men alone, they are looking at players in their early 20s with high potential.
One of the most hotly reported players is Dutch midfielder Ryan Gravenberch, who is a member of Bayern Munich. Manchester United, led by Erik ten Hag who coached the player during his time at Ajax, is also said to be interested.
Throughout the summer, Bayern has consistently denied releasing him, but the former Ajax midfielder has always said he would like to move to the club for his few appearances.
German journalist Christian Falk reports that Thomas Tuchel, who is targeting the “No. 6” position, is considering selling the malcontent and using the money to acquire a new defensive midfielder.
A more attack-minded midfielder than an anchor man, he controls the midfield with his dynamic style of play. With his good height and athletic ability, he was bought for his hidden potential and joined the German champions in the transfer market last summer.
However, even with the change of coach from Julian Nagelsmann to Tuchel, his playing time was limited. If that situation does not improve in the new season, he has volunteered to move on, and recent reports suggest that he may leave the Bundesliga after only one year and make his first move to the Premier League.
Will Liverpool be successful in securing a new midfielder in order to have the right number of midfielders…?