Ryan Gravenberch’s full debut for Liverpool was cut short after he was sent off late against LASK.
Gravenberch earned his first start for his new club on Thursday night as the Reds beat the Austrian side 3-1.
The Dutch international impressed in midfield, playing an important role in his side’s progress.
However, he then fell on the ball after a breathtaking run towards the box and was subsequently replaced by Jurgen Klopp.
As he walked away, fans feared their new signing might already have a shot…
Is Gravenberch injured?
Fortunately for Liverpool, Gravenberch is not injured.
Klopp confirmed he took the midfielder off because he was suffering from cramps.
Posting on social media after the game, TNT Sports reporter Danny Jamieson revealed the news.
He wrote: “Jürgen Klopp told me after the match that Ryan Gravenberch had just a bit of cramp when he came off.
“It’s the first time he’s played extended minutes in a long time!”
Gravenberch joined Liverpool hoping to play more minutes after his playing time was limited at Bayern Munich.
The 21-year-old has struggled to earn a starting place in the German champions’ team during his time at the club.
And as a result, he hasn’t played 90 minutes very consistently over the last two years.
It is therefore not surprising that Crampe caught Gravenberch against LASK in the 74th minute of the match.
His performance was encouraging though and Liverpool fans will be very pleased with what they saw.
Klopp certainly was as he said after the match: “Ryan played a great game and was really decisive for us.”
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