Four key words from Jurgen Klopp helped Ryan Gravenberch make Liverpool transfer decision
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Four key words from Jurgen Klopp helped Ryan Gravenberch make Liverpool transfer decision

Oct 24, 2023

Ryan Gravenberch has revealed what Jurgen Klopp said to persuade him to swap Bayern Munich for Liverpool.

The 21-year-old had been a long-standing target and joined the Reds on transfer deadline day for £34million.

Gravenberch joined Liverpool for £34million from Bayern Munich in the summer

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Gravenberch joined Liverpool for £34million from Bayern Munich in the summerCredit: getty
The 21-year-old revealed what Klopp said to persuade him to move to Liverpool

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The 21-year-old revealed what Klopp said to persuade him to move to Liverpool

Gravenberch saw game time limited at the Allianz Arena, starting just three Bundesliga matches last season, and opted for a move to Anfield.

“Before I came in, I spoke with the coach and he gave me a good feeling,” Gravenberch recently said.

“He said to me: ‘Yes, I want you’. And he gave me his plans and explained everything. He gave me such a good feeling that my decision was a fast one.

“Of course, I spoke a little bit with Virgil [van Dijk] too and he said that Liverpool was a top club and that I was going to play, for sure. So he said those sorts of things to me and that also gave me a good feeling to come here.

“I don’t think there was one particular player I was looking forward to playing with here at Liverpool but rather the whole team because I played against them with Bayern in pre-season in Singapore and they are a really good team.

“The club also added some excellent signings in the summer and also I think it’s not just about one big, big player. I think the whole team is good and that’s why I trust the whole team.”

Gravenberch also touched on the reasoning behind his shirt number, his first goal for the club, and the Liverpool fans.

He added: “My decision [to wear] the No.38 jersey was because I made my debut at Ajax in the 38 and when I went to Bayern Munich I chose that number again because I felt I had something special because I had made my debut for Ajax with it. I think I will keep wearing 38 all my life, so 38 is definitely my favourite number.

Fellow countryman Van Dijk has helped Gravenberch settle into life on Merseyside

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Fellow countryman Van Dijk has helped Gravenberch settle into life on MerseysideCredit: getty

“Scoring against Union SG in the last [European] home game was an incredible moment for me. Like I said after the game it might have been the easiest goal of my career but that didn’t matter.

“The fans have given me such great support since I arrived here and it has been great that they have given me such a good feeling so I want to give them something back.”

The Netherlands international made his official debut over the weekend as the Reds defeated Everton 2-0 at Anfield in the Merseyside derby.

Liverpool are fourth in the Premier League with 20 points, three behind league leaders Tottenham.

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