Ryan Gravenberch is taking to Liverpool like a duck to water after scoring his first goal since joining the club.
The Dutch midfielder moved to Anfield from Bayern Munich on deadline day for a transfer fee of £34.2 million, having struggled for minutes at the German club last season.
Jurgen Klopp has been easing him into the setup and is yet to hand him a Premier League start, but the 21-year-old is knocking on the door after scoring against Union Saint-Gilloise on Thursday night.
Gravenberch tapped the ball in after the goalkeeper spilled a long range shot from Trent Alexander-Arnold. He has now made a goal contribution in each of his three starts for the Reds so far, having provided assists against Leicester City in the EFL Cup and LASK in the Europa League.
“It’s great. It feels super good. It was the best goal of my career so far I think,” he joked when speaking to TNT Sports after the final whistle. “It doesn’t matter [how it comes]. A goal is a goal.”
When asked what is the biggest difference between being at Liverpool and Bayern, he said: “I think the minutes. When you give a player minutes you get confident and that’s it.”
Gravenberch added that his Liverpool teammates have made it easy for him to settle in on Merseyside. “They are really nice, a really good group. Also young players and I am just enjoying it.
“I like it. I like it. I think Liverpool did a great job to buy such good players and we are in such a good mood.”
It also meant “a lot” to the former Ajax man to receive a standing ovation after he was substituted off the pitch in the second half. “I am very happy that they give me such a good feeling and I want to give them something back.”