With Liverpool on the verge of signing Ryan Gravenberch, Bayern Munich boss Thomas Tuchel has spoken out about the transfer.
Jurgen Klopp refused to comment on Gravenberch’s imminent, £34m arrival at Liverpool today, but his Bayern counterpart has been more forthcoming.
In quotes shared by journalist Fabrizio Romano on Twitter, Tuchel admitted that the 21-year-old had wanted to join Liverpool ‘for a while.’
“He wasn’t happy with his situation here as he sees the chance in Liverpool to fight for a place in a 433,” said the Bayern manager.
“He’s wanted to go for a while. An offer came in, we discussed it. The outcome is clear.”
It’s interesting to hear that the formation Liverpool play has played a big part in Gravenberch’s decision. Presumably the Dutchman will be aware that there’s currently a hole at the base of that system.
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After Wataru Endo’s arrival, that hole isn’t as glaring as it was. But it seems fairly straightforward that Gravenberch is being brought in to play as the deepest lying out of he, Alexis Mac Allister and Dominik Szoboszlai.
By now, it’s been reported that the Netherlands international has spoken with Klopp about the transfer.
With the subject surely one of the key talking points, you’d imagine Jurgen has a clear plan for his new signing.
Either way, it’s exciting to see what Liverpool’s coaching team come up with. In fairness, with Mac Allister already playing as the ‘6,’ and Szoboszlai tipped to be able to do the role, it could be that the Reds have a rotational three in midfield. How exciting is that.