Having joined Liverpool from Bayern Munich for £34million on transfer deadline day, Ryan Gravenberch became the last summer addition for Jurgen Klopp’s side.
Perhaps viewed as more of a traditional number six during his time with Ajax and Bayern, the 21-year-old possesses qualities that may interest Klopp and possibly alter the tactical duties required by Gravenberch at his new club.
The young Dutchman is versatile, however, and could feature in any of the three midfield roles at Anfield.
Speaking on the Walk on Podcast, journalist Simon Hughes shared what he knew regarding the transfer and where Klopp may see Gravenberch fitting in. Specifically mentioned was the idea of him drifting out wide to cover for the attacking full-backs and wingers.
“There is an expectation that he is going to come in and play as a number six,” said Hughes.
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“But he has not had that much success in that role for Ajax over a couple of years.
“From what I have been told is where Klopp really likes him is he is one of these players who can play, he is one of those who can drift into the wide areas and can cover the attacking full-backs and the attacking wide player as well.
“He is good in the wide areas. It will be interesting to see where the manager settles on.”
Is Gravenberch the man?
This will be welcome news to Liverpool supporters as it is a level of versatility that has been missing for a while from the midfield department.
Specifically the cover for attacking full-backs such as Trent Alexander-Arnold who has often been left open to criticism over his defensive duties, he may now be allowed that extra freedom when roaming forwards.
If he is able to adapt from life in the Bundesliga, this switch could be fantastic for both him and the Reds.