That did not necessarily match the expectations of fans, with many hoping for another defensive midfielder to join the Japan captain, but instead deadline day saw Gravenberch arrive.
A high-potential signing from Bayern Munich, there is no doubting the 21-year-old’s quality, but with competition rife, there could be concerns over where he fits in.
But according to The Athletic, senior recruitment staff spotted “similarities” with former Liverpool midfielder Wijnaldum in Gravenberch’s game.
It may seem a lazy comparison given they are both Dutchmen, but it holds up given the new No. 38’s ability to play a variety of roles – including deeper in midfield.
“However, what Klopp did want was someone who was ‘multi-functional’ and he viewed Gravenberch as the ideal recruit.
“He can play deep if required but is viewed as most effective operating further forward.”
But according to Transfermarkt he also played 38 times as a defensive midfielder, 18 of those coming in his final season with the club in 2020/21.
There were occasions when Wijnaldum filled other roles, too, such as in emergency at centre-back and even as a centre-forward against Barcelona in the Champions League.
Meanwhile, Gravenberch’s time at Ajax – where he spent two full seasons in the first team – saw him make 103 appearances with 17 as a defensive midfielder.
This ability to adapt and maintain consistency wherever he was played made Wijnaldum such a vital player for Klopp – and it would be excellent if Gravenberch could replicate this.
Rather than replacing Fabinho, it seems, the club opted to recruit a number of all-rounders, with Gravenberch among those able to rotate throughout the midfield.