18 July 2024

SAD VIEW;new signed start  player is  given Klopp transfer problem after Liverpool ‘green light.

Liverpool signing Ryan Gravenberch looks set to play a key role for Jürgen Klopp’s side, but his addition has created a dilemma over another transfer target.


First Look At Ryan Gravenberch In Liverpool Colours After Reds Make Deadline Day Signing

Liverpool made Ryan Gravenberch its final signing of the summer transfer window. While it is a move that could prove to be an astute piece of business, it could mean the end of the Reds’ interest in another transfer target.


Brazilian midfielder André, who has been impressing for Fluminense, emerged on Liverpool’s wish-list in the summer, but it is not clear whether Klopp will maintain interest in his signature if his current project goes to plan.


Currently, the only out-and-out defensive midfielder in the squad is Wataru Endō, and that could become Liverpool’s priority after failing in the pursuit of Moisés Caicedo.


André would still provide a valuable option for Liverpool, given his impressive ability to control the game at a level that could soon see him starting regularly for the Brazil national team.


However, the 22-year-old is much different to the profile of Fabinho, and that is the player for whom Liverpool is still trying to find a long-term successor. Klopp looked to Alexis Mac Allister over Endō in the 3-0 win over Aston Villa, and there is a chance that Gravenberch could also be tested in that role.


With it being unlikely that anyone will displace Dominik Szoboszlai from the starting line-up anytime soon, and with Curtis Jones continuing to impress, one of Liverpool’s dilemmas for each game is deciding who is best suited to play in defensive midfield.


Should Gravenberch impress there, then there is much less need for the Reds to set up a January move for André, though many fans wouldn’t be against the idea of stockpiling a talent with a ceiling as high as his.


Ryan Gravenberch new signing of Liverpool meeting Darwin Nunez of Liverpool at AXA Training Centre on September 01, 2023 in Kirkby, England.

Ryan Gravenberch could present Liverpool with a transfer dilemma. (Image: Photo by Andrew Powell/Liverpool FC via Getty Images)

Much of Liverpool’s decision could also depend on the progress that Endō makes from now until January. The Japan international has had a mixed start to life on Merseyside, but it is still too early to judge whether he will play a long-term role in the side.


If he fails to define his place in the team by the new year, then the Reds’ need for a defensive midfielder in the mold of a destroyer will be greater — leaving less room in the transfer budget for André, whose prospects of arriving at Anfield are shortened further if success is found in Klopp’s trials of Mac Allister and Gravenberch in the deeper role.


After a bright start to the Premier League campaign, though, things are looking up for a side that had acquired just five points by this time last year. André will remain a potential option for January, with the biggest factor being stability on whether or not the green light is given by Klopp.


The green light has already been received from Fluminense. Speaking to ESPN Brasil, club president Mario Bittencourt opened the door to a January transfer, revealing what he said to Liverpool executive Billy Hogan:


“My friend, I don’t sell players now and I don’t deliver them now. If you want to buy now, and only get the player in January, we can start talking… Or if you want to wait until December, we can talk in December.”


And with money to spare after Liverpool revealed a war chest with at least $137m (£110m/€127.9m) from the approach for Caicedo, the Reds’ evolution could well continue at the dawn of winter.

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