Ryan Gravenberch’s eagerly anticipated full debut for Liverpool was unfortunately curtailed due to an injury, prompting post-match comments from manager Jurgen Klopp. The Reds began their Europa League campaign with a 3-1 victory over LASK in Austria, overcoming an early goal from Florian Flecker. Goals from Darwin Nunez, Luis Diaz, and Mohamed Salah secured all three points, but Gravenberch’s night ended prematurely as he was substituted for Salah with 15 minutes remaining.
Speaking to TNT Sports after the game, Klopp revealed that the Dutch midfielder was suffering from cramp, a result of his lack of competitive minutes in recent weeks. Despite the setback, Gravenberch made a significant impact in his first start for the club, providing an assist for Diaz’s goal that put Liverpool in the lead.
Klopp praised Gravenberch’s performance, saying, “Ryan played a superb game and was really decisive for us.” The talented midfielder will now be eager to return to the pitch as soon as possible to establish himself within Liverpool’s midfield. Rather than joining the Netherlands U21 squad for international duty, Gravenberch chose to remain at the AXA Training Centre, focusing on familiarizing himself with his new surroundings and getting up to speed.
Gravenberch’s high-profile £38.5 million move from Bayern Munich generated great excitement among Liverpool fans, and his arrival marked the conclusion of an extensive summer overhaul in the midfield department. Although his debut was cut short by injury, he managed to record 75 minutes of playing time, and he will undoubtedly be eager to add to that tally and make his mark in Klopp’s side in the matches to come.