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Ryan Gravenberch could take dream shirt number at Liverpool that has sentimental value

Ryan Gravenberch could take dream shirt number at Liverpool that has sentimental value

He's expected to join Liverpool on deadline day.

Liverpool are set to sign midfielder Ryan Gravenberch as Jurgen Klopp reinforces his squad on transfer deadline day.

The 21-year-old has been at German side Bayern Munich since last summer after moving to the Allianz Arena from Dutch side Ajax.

But it seems that the midfielder will be heading to the Premier League after just one full campaign in Germany, after Bayern agreed an initial fee in the region of just over £34m with the Anfield club for Gravenberch.

The Netherlands international is expected to undergo a medical with Jurgen Klopp's side on Friday morning after flying to the UK from Germany this morning, with the transfer window closing at 11pm this evening.

Liverpool have needed reinforcements in the engine room after a summer of big change in that area of the pitch.

Naby Keita, James Milner and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain all left the club on free transfers upon the expiry of their contracts earlier this summer.

And club captain Jordan Henderson and Fabinho have both since been sold to clubs in Saudi Arabia as part of the influx of talent from Europe to the Middle Eastern nation.

Gravenberch is set to join a new look Liverpool midfield which have all been signed in the past few months, which also includes Alexis Mac Allister, Dominik Szoboszlai and Wataru Endo.

With Gravenberch on the cusp of having his switch to Anfield confirmed, the next question on the lips of many Liverpool fans will no doubt be what will the Dutchman's shirt number be.

Among the numbers available in the current Liverpool squad includes 12, 14, 15 and 16, as well as 38, the number he first sported at old club Ajax - which could have sentimental value to the midfielder.

But with Henderson departing, there is the option that he could take the number 14 shirt, which has also been donned in the past by Liverpool legends Jan Molby and Xabi Alonso.

Another sentimental reason for Gravenberch to choose this number is, naturally, it being the one worn by one of the greatest players of all time in Dutch legend Johan Cruyff throughout his illustrious career.

Cruyff won the Ballon d’Or three times during a playing career which included trophy laden spells with Ajax, with whom he won the European Cup three times, and Barcelona, as well as 33 goals in 48 games for the Dutch national team.

He went on to manage both clubs, before passing away aged 68 in 2016.

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Topics: Liverpool, Ryan Gravenberch, Football, Premier League, Transfers