Former Bayern Munich and Germany midfielder Torsten Frings is furious at his old club for allowing Ryan Gravenberch to leave for Liverpool.
The 21-year-old endured a difficult year in Bavaria after securing a £20m from boyhood club Ajax in 2022. Opportunities first lacked under Julian Nagelsmann and after his sacking it was the same story under Thomas Tuchel.
By the time his £40m transfer to Liverpool was finally complete just hours before the September 1 deadline, Gravenberch had made 34 appearances in Germany, 27 of which were as a substitute and totalling 946 minutes - an average of 27 minutes per appearance.
Since arriving on Merseyside he has been getting to grips with Jurgen Klopp's system and the Premier League, making two substitute appearances in the top-flight as well as assisting Luis Diaz in his first Reds start in the Europa League.
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It did seem like a curious piece of business for Bayern Munich to let a player with such a high ceiling depart after only one year at the club. Tuchel was known to be in search of an outright defensive midfielder - a bill Gravenberch did not fit as a more comfortable box-to-box option.
The former Chelsea manager explained the decision at the time, stating: "The main problem for him is that we don't really play with a [number] eight in our 4-2-3-1 system. And we're spoilt for choice up front, with really experienced players.
"Ryan is a very nice, hard-working, committed player. He wasn't happy with his situation. He sees the chance in Liverpool to fight for a place at eight in a 4-3-3. He's wanted to go for a while. An offerRead on liverpoolecho.co.uk