A £35 Million gamble pays off as Gravenberch steps into Wijnaldum’s shoes
Jurgen Klopp appears to have found the missing piece in the form of £35 million summer signing Ryan Gravenberch in an excellent decision to strengthen Liverpool’s midfield.
The young midfielder, called the “new Wijnaldum,” is seen as a possible replacement for the departed Gini Wijnaldum, who left a gap in Liverpool’s midfield following a successful spell with the club.
Former Reds winger Bolo Zenden feels Gravenberch can revitalize Liverpool’s midfield.
Gravenberch did really well at Ajax and that allowed him the chance to move to Bayern, who are a massive team with a certain aura. I don’t know why he didn’t get as many minutes as he wanted, but sometimes it’s down to the systems of the manager,” he told TG Casino.
“It’s always hard to tell. I think Ryan needs time to adapt to the Premier League in general, but he’s settled in well. He didn’t play straight away, but he has very good technique and he likes to get forward.
“He’s intelligent. I see him as a Gini Wijnaldum-type player – playing in the middle and having the capability of getting higher up the pitch who easily moves the ball. It’s good to see Ryan finding his feet.”
Wijnaldum, who is now playing for Al Ettidaq under Steven Gerrard, was a key player in Liverpool’s Premier League and Champions League wins, with Jordan Henderson and Fabinho. However, the midfield trio has struggled to recreate his level of influence since his departure.
Gravenberch, who struggled to find a place in Germany under Julian Nagelsmann and Thomas Tuchel, is now settling in England. After edging out Curtis Jones, Harvey Elliot, and Wataru Endo, the talented midfielder is ready to make his mark.
As Liverpool prepares to face Manchester City, all eyes are on Gravenberch, who could step into Wijnaldum’s shoes and rekindle the fearsome midfield relationship with Liverpool teamates.
Klopp’s smart summer signing could be the key to reviving Liverpool’s midfield and restoring the winning formula at Anfield.
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