Liverpool see Ryan Gravenberch as a different kind of midfielder than Bayern Munich.

The Reds have accelerated a move to sign Gravenberch from Bayern as transfer deadline day looms. With a fee now being discussed between the two clubs, hopefully an agreement can be reached very soon.

In the meantime, reports aplenty are flying around about the ins and outs of the possible deal. One such report from The Times contains an interesting nugget on how Liverpool plan on using Gravenberch.

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Obviously, the later part of the transfer window has seen the Reds need for a defensive midfielder brought to light. And although it’s claimed that Bayern don’t see Gravenberch as being that player, Liverpool reportedly do.

While the German champions supposedly view the 21-year-old as a ‘left-side No.8,’ the Reds think he’s a ‘multi-functional’ player who could play as a No.6.

Jurgen Klopp is said to be clear that Gravenberch is not a ‘destructive’ player in the mould of Fabinho. However, the manager reportedly sees ‘room for growth’ in the Dutchman, with the defensive midfield position, as well as a more ‘advanced’ one being in his toolbox.

Not a starter at Bayern, it’s claimed that Gravenberch would also have to fight for his place at Anfield. Happily, this is something the Netherlands international is said to be ready to do.

Liverpool outline Gravenberch plan

As it’s become clear that Gravenberch is now Liverpool’s primary target, there have been a few eyebrows raises from supporters.

The general feeling is that despite the arrival of Wataru Endo, the Reds still haven’t replaced Fabinho. The Brazilian was a pure No.6 who brought control to an often chaotic side.

Without his – or someone like him’s presence, there’s a worry that Liverpool could be a little top-heavy. Although he’s a rangy and tall midfielder – just like Fabinho – Gravenberch doesn’t really look like that kind of player.

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But here’s where it gets interesting. Klopp, Pep Lijnders and the rest of them clearly know this. It seems likely that this is simply the next step in Liverpool’s tactical evolution.

Fabinho looked comfortable last season with Trent Alexander-Arnold stepping alongside him in midfield. But his qualities were always best served as the lone sitter in a three-man midfield.

It’s easy to see why, with Trent moving in, Klopp may have targeted a player more natural in performing in a midfield two, while also being able to go it alone if need be. Gravenberch has obviously been earmarked as that player.

In time, he may have to work on his defensive capabilities, but if Jurgen has seen something in him, that’s more than good enough for us.

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