LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - Wednesday, September 27, 2023: Liverpool's Cody Gakpo (L) celebrates with team-mate Cody Gakpo after scoring his side's first goal during the Football League Cup 3rd Round match between Liverpool FC and Leicester City FC at Anfield. Liverpool won 3-1. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

Ryan Gravenberch follows Liverpool winger in feat not seen in 10 years

Ryan Gravenberch has provided us with an early demonstration of his creative skills by doing something no Liverpool player has done in 10 years.

The Dutchman made his second start for the club in the 3-1 win over Leicester in Wednesday’s League Cup opener, following his £38.5 million deadline-day move from Bayern Munich.

In doing so, he became the first Reds player to notch an assist in his first two starts since Jordon Ibe in August 2013, as per Opta‘s Michael Reid.

Gravenberch completed the feat by providing for Cody Gakpo to level the scoring against the Foxes, having gone behind to an early Kasey McAteer strike.

His assist in his debut start came as he set up Luis Diaz to put Liverpool in front in their first Europa League group stage game against LASK.

LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - Tuesday, August 27, 2013: Liverpool's Jordon Ibe in action against Notts County during the Football League Cup 2nd Round match at Anfield. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

You would have to go back 10 years to find a Liverpool player who has done the same, with Ibe assisting Philippe Coutinho in Jamie Carragher’s final game at Anfield against QPR back in May 2013.

His second start came the following season, when he set up Jordan Henderson in a League Cup tie against Notts County that August – a game the Reds went on to win 4-2 with the help of extra time.

Gravenberch’s role within the side remains somewhat uncertain after failed summer pursuits of Romeo Lavia and Moises Caicedo led to the signing of Wataru Endo.

The 21-year-old was seen as a ‘multi-functional’ alternative in the middle of the park and described himself as a “box-to-box” player upon arriving at the club.

He will be hoping to continue to be a creative force for his team-mates as he looks to carve out a regular place in Jurgen Klopp‘s side in the coming months.

Gravenberch left the German champions in search of more consistent minutes, but faces stiff competition from the likes of fellow newcomers Alexis Mac Allister and Dominik Szoboszlai if he is to feature in the No. 8 position.