Ajax midfielder Ryan Gravenberch has been linked with a move to Liverpool.
However, going by recent comments from Gravenberch’s father, it is unlikely that Liverpool will be able to sign the 18-year-old this summer.
Gravenberch’s father has stated that he wants his son to mature at Ajax. With that being the case, we believe that Gravenberch will remain at Ajax for the 2021-22 campaign.
“He has only played one full season now and that was of course quite good, but next season he will have to play even better.
“Then, despite his age, he really must be one of the key players, especially if he plays in the European Championship [with the Netherlands].
“Next season, he will not get away with it in the dressing room if he plays poorly several games in a row.
“I really think he should take a step at Ajax first. He has to climb in the hierarchy and stand up more for himself within the squad.
“I’m not going to push him to do that, that makes no sense to Ryan. But he also realises that. He also thinks it is best for him to stay at Ajax.
“In my heart – and also in Ryan’s – he first continues to develop at Ajax before he takes a step higher.”
ANFIELD WATCH VERDICT
Gravenberch appears to be a good young player. He has already made 58 appearances for Ajax’s first-team.
Gravenberch is also averaging a WhoScored player rating of 7.19 across the 2020-21 campaign.
The aforementioned figures highlight that Gravenberch is quite an experienced player for someone who is only 18 years of age.
But, if Liverpool can’t convince Gravenberch to depart Ajax, then that is something the club will just have to live with.
However, there are plenty of young central midfielders that the club could sign instead of Gravenberch. Football is the world game after all.
Therefore, missing out on Gravenberch would hardly be the end of the world for Liverpool Football Club.
To be fair, we are not 100 percent certain that Reds want to sign Gravenberch. Not every report that is published is true.
Freelance sports journalist and Red from Melbourne. Currently an editor at Anfield Watch.