In the 2023 summer transfer window, despite having just gone through a disastrous year at Bayern Munich, Ryan Gravenberch still received attention from big names like Liverpool or Manchester United. With what he performed previously in the Ajax Amsterdam shirt, he could not forever accept sitting on the bench at the Allianz Arena.
Despite being sought after by his former teacher Erik ten Hag, the 21-year-old midfielder decided to land at Anfield on the last day of the summer market, after “The Kop” agreed to pay the “Gray Tigers of Bavaria” 34 million pounds. Jurgen Klopp must have also seen great potential in the young Dutch talent, so he decided to bring this player back to the port city.
However, after more than half a season with Liverpool, Ryan Gravenberch still seems unable to adapt to the playing style that coach Jurgen Klopp is applying. Among the four new recruits of the red half of Merseyside, he is the least impressive. Even at many times, the former Ajax Amsterdam midfielder was far behind Curtis Jones .
Most recently, in the vital encounter with Arsenal in the Premier League, despite being named in the starting lineup by the German strategist, Ryan Gravenberch disappointed his teacher with a disastrous performance. The former Dortmund coach certainly wants more from his student.
In fact, in that match, all Liverpool players played poorly. Ryan Gravenberch wasn’t the only one having difficulty facing Arsenal’s determined fighting spirit, but only touching the ball 24 times in 58 minutes on the field was too little. The star wearing shirt number 38 appeared to be “overwhelmed” by the pressure from the home team.
Speaking after the match, Jurgen Klopp pointed out that the lack of chemistry on Liverpool’s right wing stems from the fact that the trio of Ryan Gravenberch, Cody Gakpo and Trent Alexander-Arnold played together for the first time. That is also part of the reason why the Dutch midfielder did not play well.
Ryan Gravenberch was the author of a long pass that created conditions for Luis Diaz to run down and cause problems for the Arsenal defense before Gabriel Magalhaes awkwardly scored an own goal. But that wasn’t enough for Liverpool fans to forget how bad he played that day.
The Kop’s leadership was ready to spend a large amount of transfer money to “rescue” Ryan Gravenberch from Bayern Munich and now it is time for him to repay that trust. In the second leg of the season, surely the fans of the red shirt team want this midfielder to quickly adapt and shine brightly in the midfield, instead of becoming a new disappointment at Anfield.