Liverpool wonderkid showing sign of transformation after Jurgen Klopp argument | Football | Sport

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Liverpool midfielder Ryan Gravenberch appears to have turned a corner since he was lambasted by Jurgen Klopp during the Reds’ recent defeat to Arsenal. The Dutchman arrived at Anfield from Bayern Munich in the summer but has mainly been playing a bit-part role, with just eight Premier League starts to his name.

Gravenberch has also struggled to impress when opportunities have fallen his way, often coming under fire as a result of his work rate without the ball. He appeared to frustrate Klopp during Liverpool’s recent loss at the Emirates Stadium, with the Reds manager having been spotted tearing into him from the touchline.

The midfielder was then left as an unused substitute in the victory over Burnley, with Harvey Elliott, James McConnell and Bobby Clark coming on instead. He was finally given a run out against Brentford last weekend following an injury to Curtis Jones and issued a promising response to Klopp’s earlier criticism by putting in a solid performance.

Gravenberch only played 57 minutes of normal time but won a total of six duels, more than any other Liverpool player on the pitch. According to Fotmob, his duel success rate against Brentford stood at 66.7 per cent, marking a clear improvement from the 44.4 per cent he managed against Arsenal.

He also made the joint-most tackles and joint-most defensive actions he has managed in any game this season, which suggests that his work rate when out of possession appears to be improving. On the ball, he completed the joint-most successful take-ons and second-most progressive carries for any game since moving to Liverpool in the summer.

It remains to be seen if Gravenberch’s impressive cameo against Brentford will be enough to earn him a starting spot for this weekend’s Carabao Cup final. Injuries to Jones and Dominic Szoboszlai could open the door for him to feature in Liverpool’s midfield three, but only time will tell if he is given the nod by Klopp under the Wembley arch.

Gravenberch recently explained that he was working on his fitness in an effort to adapt to the ‘intensity’ of Premier League football, telling TNT Sports: “I would not say I lack experience, I think it’s more the intensity that they [Liverpool’s other midfielders] play with.

“They have more stamina than me. I have to work on that. I didn’t play a lot last season, and I think if you compare that to now being in the Premier League, it’s a lot different to where I came from. Everywhere you go it’s a little bit different.

“Here the intensity of the midfield is a lot different than at Ajax. At Bayern there was also a lot of intensity but here it’s a little bit more, also because of the Premier League.”

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