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Ryan Gravenberch signed, centre-back found – Liverpool’s dream end to summer with three transfers

Aug 23, 2023 #Ryan gravenberch

Liverpool like the look of Bayern Munich midfielder Ryan Gravenberch, but there are other areas of the pitch that also need to be addressed before the deadline.

The clock is turning. In just nine days, Liverpool will be locked out of signings until January and Jurgen Klopp’s squad are fixed until at least mid-season.

While four points in early games against Chelsea at Stamford Bridge and then Bournemouth at Anfield is a respectable start, there are still games to come.

With the start of the Europa League and December approaching, the calendar will get busier and the demands on the team will increase.

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Liverpool are fine in terms of depth at centre-back with, say, one game a week, but question marks could soon emerge as to whether this increases in the foreseeable future. Nat Phillips isn’t the answer and he needs a move.

Without Moisés Caicedo and Roméo Lavia, a world-class option underpinning Liverpool’s midfield is also missing, with Alexis Mac Allister filling in for the time being. However, this is not a permanent solution, and it remains to be seen what level Wataru Endo will reach.

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Because of this, in an ideal world, more players would be added to each of these positions.

The left centre-back is the biggest need as there is a need for reinforcements and possibly a replacement for Virgil van Dijk, but after Levi Colwill signed a new deal at Chelsea it’s unclear who else could be targeted if the ceiling is high enough. day to be a pillar.

Meanwhile, a shorter-term transition may be needed to ensure Liverpool don’t run out of defensive options, Van Dijk’s longevity could be affected if he’s overused and too dependent on him.

In midfield, this short-term option could already be signed with Endo. The former Stuttgart captain, who also captains his Japan national team, is not a typical Liverpool player at the age of 30, but without obvious world-class solutions available on the market, he could do once until he gets something better.

By signing an expensive player to fill the role, Liverpool could use the budget (as well as squad space) that could be used for someone they really want in the future. At the same time, the arrival of Endo avoids last summer’s mistake of relying on Arthur Melo.

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Deals could be reached on both fronts before September 1 – and ideally something would be done on both fronts – but The Athletic report that Ryan Gravenberch is also on the agenda as a ‘multi-functional midfielder’.

While it’s not an obvious priority for the Reds, it would be silly for Gravenberch to leave Bayern Munich to get more playing time as he’s a player Liverpool have admired for some time and are making him go elsewhere.

As with Cody Gakpo in January, it may not be an obvious priority at the moment, but with Manchester United snooping around, it could be now or never.

Gravenberch is definitely someone to watch in the coming week. Ideally, he would arrive at Anfield alongside an elite midfielder and a young left centre-back with world-class potential.