Ryan Gravenberch’s poor form for Bayern Munich last season may have actually enhanced Liverpool’s chances of signing him.
The Dutchman started just three Bundesliga games in 2022/23, with some subsequently questioning whether that makes him a good fit at Anfield.
But according to The Athletic, Gravenberch’s ‘struggles’ in Munich could have been a good thing for Liverpool.
They claim that the 21-year-old’s difficult season ‘did little to dent Liverpool’s admiration’ for him.
In fact, it reportedly only served to alert them to the fact that Gravenberch could unexpectedly be back on the market. Having missed out on the Netherlands international in 2022, the door was open for the Reds to finally get their man.
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Reading through The Athletic’s in-depth piece this morning, it’s clear that Gravenberch is no deadline day panic signing from Liverpool.
On the contrary, it seemingly couldn’t have been longer in the making.
Once the Reds were alerted to the former Ajax’s man’s potential availability, they were supposedly intent on finding a way to get it done.
Of course, the problem was that having signed him just a year previously, Bayern were reluctant to give up on Gravenberch just yet.
Nevertheless, Liverpool kept plugging away, did the other business they needed to, and held firm until deadline day.
Finally, with Bayern accepting that Gravenberch was desperate to go, the German’s relented.
Now, there will still be some who feel the Reds new No.38 has a point to prove following last year’s ordeal, and they may be right. But through it all, Liverpool clearly feel they have a player worth taking that gamble on. Let’s hope it pays off.