Liverpool ‘closely following’ Bayern star as Klopp eyes ‘two eights’ to ‘rejuvenate’ his side

Jason Soutar
Reported Liverpool target Ryan Gravenberch during a warm-up for the Netherlands

Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp has added Bayern Munich midfielder Ryan Gravenberch to his summer shortlist, according to reports in Germany.

The Reds are being linked with lots of midfielders and were reportedly interested in signing Gravenberch before he joined Bayern last summer.

The Dutch international impressed for Ajax and left them when his contract expired, but has struggled for the German giants.

Gravenberch has made 22 appearances across all competitions, which isn’t too bad, until you realise he has only started four times.

The 20-year-old’s first Bundesliga start came at Borussia Monchengladbach last weekend. With his side drawing 1-1 at half-time, he was replaced by Jamal Musiala at the break.

With Liverpool’s midfield struggling this term, reinforcements are required in the summer window.

Borussia Dortmund’s Jude Bellingham is their top target, as everyone knows, but it is unlikely the Reds will stop there, if they do indeed get their man.

Lots of things have contributed towards Liverpool’s poor season, from rubbish defending to misfiring forwards, but their aging midfield is surely the biggest concern for Klopp.

Every Reds fan is calling for a whole new midfield with Fabinho struggling, Jordan Henderson past his best, and Thiago too injury prone.

As well as Bellingham and Gravenberch, Klopp’s side have been linked with Inter Milan’s Nicolo Barella, Brighton’s Moises Caicedo, West Ham’s Declan Rice and Wolves’ Matheus Nunes.

According to SPORT1, Liverpool are ‘closely following’ Gravenberch’s situation at the Allianz Arena.

Chief reporter for the German website, Kerry Hau has said: “Liverpool are interested. They want to rejuvenate their midfield in the summer and can well imagine bringing in two new eights – another player next to desired player Jude Bellingham.”

The Reds are ‘examining’ the possibility of signing the young midfielder, the report says.

Hau added: “His name has been mentioned more often by those responsible.”

While Liverpool don’t have any ‘concrete interest’ yet, they are “eyeing the situation and have already inquired about him in the environment of Gravenberch, how he is as a guy”.

The journalist states that the player struggled to prove himself to Bayern boss Julian Nagelsmann in his first league start of the season last weekend.

In his 22 appearances, Gravenberch has scored one and assisted one. Both his goal contributions came against Viktoria Koln in the first round of the DfB-Pokal in August.

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