Liverpool could find themselves with a big gap to fill in midfield this summer amid continued uncertainty over Georginio Wijnaldum’s future at Anfield.
The Netherlands international has been superb for the Reds since his 2016 move from Newcastle, clocking up over 200 competitive appearances for his club.
However, Wijnaldum’s contract expires at the end of the season and there haven’t been any signs of a new deal being agreed amid speculation linking the 30-year-old to Barcelona.
The Anfield outfit is said to be among the 18-year-old’s potential Premier League suitors, along with Manchester City and Chelsea.
Despite his young age, Gravenberch has already clocked up 51 competitive appearances for the Eredivisie giants, registering eight goals and seven assists.
A central midfielder who has also played at defensive midfield, he has been compared to Frank Rijkaard and Paul Pogba by former Ajax youth team coach Brian Tevreden.
“Physically, I see Frank in him from back in the day because he’s tall and very strong,” he told Goal.com.
“But technically, I would say he’s a better version of Pogba in his best days at Juventus, in terms of his technique and his presence on the pitch.
“He’s very dominant like Pogba was, and that’s what I see in Ryan.”
And Gravenberch’s stats are certainly impressive, with Whoscored rating him at 7.29 in central midfield and 7.27 in defensive midfield over the course of the season.
The stats website notes how the No. 8 is “very strong” at passing and “strong” at dribbling, aerial duels and long shots.
Over the course of the season, Gravenberch has averaged 1.5 tackles, 1.6 interceptions, 1.3 shots, 63.6 passes, 1 key pass, 0.4 crosses and 2 long balls per game in all competitions.
And in one of his most recent games, the 5-0 win over Den Haag before the international break, he made a staggering 111 passes at 91.9 percent accuracy.
The Daily Mail says Gravenberch is rated at £30million which, if you consider how good he is already and how many years he has ahead of him, surely that would constitute a bargain.