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Gravenberch excited to play for Liverpool

Ryan Gravenberch feels that he joined one of the world’s biggest clubs when he completed his £35 million transfer to Liverpool.

After spending a season at Bayern Munich, the 21-year-old Netherlands midfielder has committed to a long-term contract at Anfield.

Gravenberch said: “I’m very happy. Very happy that the deal is done and I’m finally here.

“If you see it from the outside, it’s one of the biggest clubs in the world. Also the fans, the stadium, I think everything from the outside is top. So that’s why (it was the right club).”

Gravenberch revealed that he had conversations with fellow Dutch players Virgil van Dijk and Cody Gakpo before making his move to Merseyside. He added: “Yeah before the move I spoke a lot with the guys and they said we have a good team and everything is top here.

“Actually my decision was quick. I left his office (Jurgen Klopp) with a great feeling and I can’t wait to start working with him on the pitch.”

Gravenberch is the latest player to join reinvented Liverpool

Klopp is pleased with the midfield makeover, considering it a successful summer transfer period for the club. Originally planning minor changes, unexpected departures by Jordan Henderson and Fabinho to Saudi Arabia forced him to completely revamp the midfield. Early signings like Alexis Mac Allister and Dominik Szoboszlai were part of the initial revamp plan.

However, the arrivals of Wataru Endo and Gravenberch, a long-term target previously thought to be unavailable, occurred later than expected, as Moises Caicedo and Romeo Lavia chose Chelsea over Anfield.

Klopp said: “We pretty much had to reinvent the team. The midfield is all ready and will be completely new.

“We had to do that in a season where we didn’t qualify for the Champions League, which has a massive impact.

“I know people expect it to be different but it is how it is. I really think we did good business, the players we brought in are really good, will help the team.

“We are less experienced but that is normal, but we are full of desire and I love this team.”

Russell Murray
Russell Murray
Russell Murray is a passionate football journalist whose heart beats to the rhythm of the beautiful game. With an insatiable appetite for all things football, Russell is always seeking to capture the essence of the sport. Also, he strongly believes that Guti and Diego Milito never received the recognition they deserved for their contributions to football.
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