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“No transfer in January”- Journo rules out Bayern Munich player joining Liverpool on loan



FC Bayern Munich midfielder Ryan Gravenberch will not be joining Liverpool in the January Transfer window

Journalist Florian Plettenberg via his social media (h/t Liverpool Echo) has poured cold water on rumours linking Ryan Gravenberch to Liverpool.

Gravenberch was one of the standout performers of Erik ten Hag’s Ajax side last season and got his well-deserved move to FC Bayern Munich in the summer. However, things have not gone according to plan with the Dutch international who has played a meagre 117 minutes for the German outfit until now.

Hence, there were speculations that he could go out on a loan move in search of more possible game-time and Liverpool were touted as one of the destinations. Sounds ideal on paper.

FC Bayern Munich midfielder Ryan Gravenberch will not be joining Liverpool in the January Transfer window
Ryan Gravenberch would have been a shrewd addition for Liverpool. (imago Images)

Now, Plettenberg confirms that such speculations are coming false and Bayern have no plans of sending the midfielder out on loan.

“It’s decided and no doubt: He has to stay at Bayern! No transfer in January. Within the club they still believe in him. A loan to Liverpool or to another club is NO topic.”

It is as clear as it can be that the player will not be joining Liverpool in the January transfer window, in another setback for us. We have been crying out loud for fresh energy in the midfield and our issues at the centre of the park are one of the main factors behind the decline this season.

Jordan Henderson, Thiago Alcantara and Fabinho do not have the same intensity as they probably had some seasons back and it is no surprise that when younger players have played recently, Liverpool have looked much better.

We need to sort the issue out urgently and hence spending big on Cody Gakpo when there are already established attackers in the side and not getting in another midfielder could prove to be very costly come May.

Currently ninth in the league, it is a tough and steep road ahead to fight and finish in the top four while our direct rivals Chelsea and Tottenham Hotspur are bringing in value addition in the current transfer window.

With less than ten days to go until the window shuts down, there might still be some opportunities in the market that can be looked at but the chances of us doing a deal this month do look pretty slim.

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As for Gravenberch, it’s perhaps a move that fans wouldn’t mind did not materialise. Having a loan player isn’t the best scenario for a fan. If he does well, there is nothing to look forward to as we aren’t their parent club.

It’s better we settle for permanent, long-term solutions.