Liverpool handed transfer encouragement as Kane steals shown on Bundesliga debut

Liverpool were handed encouragement in their quest to sign Bayern Munich midfielder Ryan Gravenberch after the Dutchman was left on the bench in the 4-0 opening-day thrashing of Werder Bremen on Friday night. The Reds have been tracking the Dutchman for a considerable amount of time but were told earlier in the window that the 21-year-old was not for sale.

That’s despite the fact Gravenberch started just three Bundesliga matches in the entirety of his underwhelming debut season in Germany last term.

But Bayern remain insistent that he is part of the club’s plans and have therefore not entertained the idea of a premature sale following his £20million switch from Ajax.

Thomas Tuchel does not seem to be overly keen on the player while Liverpool are willing to offer him the chance to turn over a new leaf in the Premier League.

Anfield chiefs flew to Amsterdam for discussions with his representatives ahead of the summer window but their interest soon deteriorated once Bayern made it known they did not intend to sell.

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But in the past few weeks, links have resurfaced with Manchester United also believed to be monitoring the situation.

Tuchel brought five substitutes onto the field against Bremen but Gravenberch and Benjamin Pavard were both among those unused.

The development could hand Liverpool encouragement in their bid to strengthen their midfield ranks as it’s another indication that Tuchel is not overly sold on Gravenberch.

That said, the German recently declared his midfielder will get the chance to impress providing he remains patient for opportunities.

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“I see him in an attacking position,” Tuchel said. “When he was subbed on in pre-season games, he was very good and always had an influence.

“But there’s a lot of competition there. I see his strengths under pressure from opponents and in dribbling. I’m very happy with the way he’s training. If he’s patient, he’ll get his chance.”

Gravenberch’s omission went somewhat under the radar, however, as Harry Kane stole the show on his Bundesliga debut.

All the spotlight was on the England captain and he came up trumps, delivering an assist and his first Bayern goal in the one-sided demolition.

Gravenberch does not seem likely to edge the likes of Joshua Kimmich, Leon Goretzka or Jamal Musiala to a starting berth anytime soon.

That means his chances of minutes may hinge on injuries throughout the season and although he would not be guaranteed starts at Liverpool, he would at least feel wanted.

It’s unclear how high Jurgen Klopp has the Dutchman on his transfer wish-list but Liverpool could hand Bayern the chance to cash in a refund or potentially, make some profit on Gravenberch.

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