After acquiring Alexis Mac Allister, Dominik Szoboszlai, and Wataru Endo to renew their midfielders, Liverpool also succeeded in acquiring Dutch midfielder Ryan Gravenberch on the last day as the transfer deadline ticked down.
After playing for Ajax a season ago, he joined Bayern Munich in last summer’s transfer window as a promising prospect.
However, he struggled to find playing time in Germany, and although he made 34 appearances, he did not have the Bundesliga experience he had hoped for, coming off the bench in many games.
Liverpool, who had shown a keen interest in the player since his days in Holland, kept a close eye on him in the transfer market.
Initially, it was said that Bayern were interested in the player’s potential and denied his release, but the club eventually changed its mind and settled for a move to England.
At Anfield, he became a regular in Europa League games. Former Liverpool midfielder Dietmar Hamann was unsparing in his praise for the big midfielder, who is gradually starting to make more appearances in Premier League games.
“Gravenberch is doing it outstandingly so far. It’s almost unbelievable that he was barely used at Bayern under two managers,”
“People always used to ask me what it was like. I couldn’t say because he never played for Bayern. Now in Liverpool you can see what he can do.”
“Gravenberch has a good physical presence, a decent finish and also a certain pace. When you see him at Liverpool you really wonder why he didn’t play a role at Bayern.”
“After what had been a messed-up year for him, it was clear that he wanted to make a fresh start. From my point of view, he seems to be a good character,”
“I can’t imagine that he allowed himself to be hanged in Munich. And now he is an integral part of a class team at Liverpool.”TZ