Ryan Gravenberch can capitalize on $65m Liverpool transfer target's injury setback

Liverpool's Ryan Gravenberch is well-placed to capitalize on Teun Koopmeiner's recent injury during Euro 2024. The Atalanta midfielder has been regularly linked with a move to Anfield this summer ahead of Arne Slot's first transfer window in charge of the club.

Koopmeiners, 26, has been forced to withdraw from Ronald Koeman's Netherlands side for the upcoming international tournament in Germany, which is set to get underway on Friday, June 14. The midfielder picked up an injury while warming up ahead of the recent friendly against Iceland, which his side went on to win 4-0.

He now joins a growing list of sidelined players within the Dutch midfield after Frenkie De Jong, Marten De Roon and Quinten Timber were also forced to pull out from the squad due to injury.

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Despite Gravenberch being an unused substitute during the fixture against Iceland, which saw Tijjani Reijnders, Jerdy Schouten and Joey Veerman start in midfield, the Liverpool man could be set to benefit from the injury to Koopmeiners - who could be his teammate next season if transfer links to Liverpool are to be believed.

The injuries are the main reason Gravenberch has been considered for the squad at all, after previously rejecting the opportunity to link up with the Netherlands U21 squad shortly after his move to Liverpool. A decision that led to Koeman looking elsewhere in midfield throughout much of the 2023/24 campaign.

“Gravenberch has fallen into a bit of a bad situation,” Koeman said when explaining the Reds midfielder’s inclusion. “The choice was made based on the talent I see in him. But he hasn’t played much. If players drop out who are not fit, you get closer and closer.”

Gravenberch was limited to just 12 starts in the Premier League in his debut season at Anfield but he will look to kick on under Slot next season. Koopmeiners meanwhile enjoyed an excellent campaign as Atalanta won the Europa League.

His form has seen him emerge as a potential target for Liverpool, with the Serie A side looking for around $65m (£51m/€60m) to strike a deal this summer. Juventus is also said to admire the 26-year-old. says: Gravenberch is now the second most capped player in the Dutch midfield for this major tournament - behind former Red Georginio Wijnaldum - with 12 appearances. It's looking likely that he will be involved in some capacity ahead of the opening fixture against Poland on June 16. Meanwhile, Koopmeiners' setback may end his hopes of a summer transfer.