Liverpool set to conclude Ryan Gravenberch move as injury lapse sends clear sign
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Liverpool set to conclude Ryan Gravenberch move as injury lapse sends clear sign

Liverpool set to conclude Ryan Gravenberch move as injury lapse sends clear sign

Ryan Gravenberch is flying to Liverpool for his medical examination after reaching an agreement with Bayern Munich on Thursday.

The Reds have had a long-standing interest in the Netherlands 

international and were ultimately given hope on Wednesday that an agreement could be reached with Bundesliga champions Bayern Munich before Friday night’s 11 p.m. transfer deadline.

Liverpool and the German giants have reached an agreement worth approximately £40 million, allowing the midfielder to travel to Merseyside for pre-move medicals.

It is believed the Reds will pay an initial fee of approximately £35 million plus an additional £5 million in add-ons, bringing their summer expenditure to over £150 million.

Gravenberch will sign a five-year contract with the Reds, becoming their fourth transfer of the summer after Alexis Mac Allister, Dominik Szoboszlai, and Wataru Endo, if the physical goes smoothly.

Liverpool’s injury setback alerts Jurgen Klopp to make a transfer before the transfer deadline.

Nobody can accuse Jurgen Klopp, the manager of Liverpool, of being inconsistent in his approach to playing options.

“The solution cannot be to have a much larger squad for a given situation, only to realize that you cannot use all of the players,” said the Reds manager.

 “We cannot hold someone in the backyard and bring them to the forefront at the crucial moment. This is not helpful. We have youthful players, so we will have answers.”

Not, as could have easily been the case, the remarks made by Klopp earlier this month. They date back to the summer of 2020, when Liverpool was preparing to defend its Premier League title.

We are all aware of what happened next. And the Reds’ reluctance to strengthen at centre-back after Dejan Lovren’s departure bit them when Virgil van Dijk, Joe Gomez, and Joel Matip were all ruled out for the season, with Fabinho and Jordan Henderson also sidelined for substantial stretches. 

The partnership of Rhys Williams and Nat Phillips ultimately contributed to Liverpool’s third-place finish.

In the summer of 2018, the Reds failed to qualify for the Champions League for the first time since 2016 due to an overreliance on injury-prone midfielders and an unanticipated decline in performance from others.

Liverpool set to conclude Ryan Gravenberch move as injury lapse sends clear sign