Jurgen Klopp’s ‘powerful pitch’ attracted Ryan Gravenberch to Liverpool despite Man United interest

Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp played a key role in Liverpool’s deal to sign Ryan Gravenberch ahead of Manchester United.

The Reds are set to complete a £34million deal to sign the box-to-box midfielder from Bayern, finishing a huge summer in the transfer market.

The 21-year-old left Ajax for Bayern Munich last summer with clubs in the Premier League eagerly monitoring his progress with a view to a move of their own for the Eredevisie’s youngest-ever debutant.

Liverpool’s need for midfield reinforcements was expected, but not on the scale that has transpired after losing Fabinho, Jordan Henderson, James Milner and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain.

As far as Gravenberch is concerned, the club’s interest has been long-running.

The Dutch starlet has been on the radar of Liverpool for many months, having been working on the deal since April this year – a time in which the Reds were still considering a move for Jude Bellingham.

Jurgen Klopp made it clear that Gravenberch was a top target, delivering a powerful pitch to the midfielder and pulling no punches as they tempted him to the club on a long-term deal.

Manchester United were also keen and made a late approach, however it was only ever Liverpool that Gravenberch was interested in.

The challenge for the Dutch international will now be fulfilling his undoubted potential and become a key performer for Klopp’s side in a new-look young and exciting Liverpool team.




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