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What Bayern Munich boss Thomas Tuchel have say about Liverpool target Ryan Gravenberch



Ryan Gravenberch is the latest midfielder to go after Liverpool, and his manager at Bayern Munich, Thomas Tuchel, has had his say on the Dutch international.

Gravenberch has not made the impact he expected following his move from Ajax last summer, playing just 711 minutes for his new club.

Therefore, he has been linked with a move to Liverpool, who were also interested in signing him before moving to the German giants for 18 million euros last summer.

However, a coaching change at Bayern, with Tuchel replacing Julian Nagelsmann in March, could have given the 20-year-old another chance.

Tuchel said after Bayern’s 1-0 win over Freiburg last weekend: “I see Ryan’s qualities in training, he is training well. “We see him as an eight, who can spin very well and dribble very well.”

The way Tuchel sees his position as number 8 is very interesting from a Liverpool perspective, meaning he would fit into Klopp’s system, a replacement for the likes of Naby Keita and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain among the options in midfield at Anfield.

The former Chelsea manager added: “He has to be patient and impatient in this situation. He has to look for the slightest chance in every training session.

“He took the field against SC Freiburg and did well. Now I’m only thinking about the next match against Hoffenheim. He is a candidate for a starting position, he is a candidate to be replaced.

The next game, a 1–1 draw against Hoffenheim, saw Gravenberch placed on the bench and only given 10 minutes as a substitute.

The Dutch international moved from Ajax before the start of the season but started just four games for his new club.

Just days after news broke that Liverpool were no longer in the market to sign Jude Bellingham, reliable journalist Jonathan Northcroft wrote in The Times that “Liverpool have stepped up their interest in” Gravenberch.

The reporter added: “A club representative was in the Netherlands on Tuesday for talks with Gravenberch’s father, Ryan senior, who oversees the player’s career.”

Northcroft also reports that Gravenberch has “an expected price tag of around £25m”.

If Jurgen Klopp can revive the talent that saw the youngster become the youngest ever Eredevisie debutant, aged 16 for Ajax, then it would certainly be a good idea for Liverpool to make a move.


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Liverpool may not have improved in many areas this season, but the loan policy has certainly brought more benefits than in previous years. While previously appearing to be a somewhat piecemeal strategy, loan deals have become more focused and have increased in volume under Julian Ward’s tenure.

And with the growing number of players on loan so has the quality of the loan deals. For the first time in years, Liverpool have not one but several outstanding loanees, such as Conor Bradley at Bolton Wanderers and Tyler Morton at Blackburn Rovers.

Another to go that route is Leighton Clarkson, who is on loan at Aberdeen in the Scottish Premiership. A historic club, Aberdeen have recently built a reputation as a stepping stone for players who want to reach higher levels.

Last season alone, Aberdeen sold two of their main stars: Calvin Ramsay to none other than Liverpool and Lewis Ferguson to Bologna in Serie A. Meanwhile, former club defender Scott McKenna is a fixture at Nottingham Forest in this season

With such a reputation, it is perhaps all the more impressive that Clarkson has been pulling the strings since arriving in Aberdeen last summer. The diminutive central midfielder established himself as a team regular and thrived, scoring 12 goals in 32 games from midfield and playing in a variety of roles in the center of the park.

Quite a flexible midfielder, Clarkson was always able to score plenty of goals from midfield when he was in the academy, and this was noticed early on by Jürgen Klopp, when the manager made Clarkson’s debut aged just 18. In total, Clarkson has made just three appearances for the club’s first team, but that too is impressive as his breakthrough coincided with Liverpool’s all-time high.

Last season, a botched loan spell at Blackburn Rovers – where many had hoped he would follow the path of Harvey Elliott – appeared to be slowing his development, but he shows no sign of it at Aberdeen.

At 21, Clarkson is still relatively young and with Klopp needing to rejuvenate his midfield options with home-grown players, he could perhaps even be considered a select option next season if he hits the mark in pre-season.

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