Jürgen Klopp had a difficult selection decision to make on Saturday afternoon, with the Liverpool boss tasked with picking a three-man midfield to face Manchester City away from home. Pep Guardiola's men had won their last 23 consecutive home matches going into the bout, with the Reds arriving as underdogs.

Alexis Mac Allister and Dominik Szoboszlai essentially picked themselves, but there was a question mark attached to whether Klopp would opt for Curtis Jones or Ryan Gravenberch on the left of his trio. The German coach eventually selected the former but after just 54 minutes of football, he changed his mind.

Gravenberch replaced Jones before the hour mark, and he made quite an impression once he took to the field. The Dutchman played a key role in Liverpool's equalizing goal in particular, assuming possession in his own half before gliding up the field and advancing beyond Rodri, who is widely regarded as the best holding midfielder on the planet right now.

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Gravenberch brought the ball to the final third, before allowing Mohamed Salah and Trent Alexander-Arnold to combine at the business end of the pitch, finding the net with just 10 minutes of the clash remaining. The 21-year-old starlet drifted under the radar at the time, but his involvement was crucial, with Liverpool picking up a 1-1 draw.

In playing his part, the Netherlands international showcased one of his most prominent perks, as since he moved to Merseyside in the summer, he's proved to be very athletic and dynamic when in possession. Gravenberch is a natural with the ball at his feet, and he's eager to dribble past opponents and carry possession over large distances.

For that reason, it is reasonable to suggest that with hindsight, he was always more suited to facing Manchester City. Guardiola's outfit always dominate the ball, especially when playing at the Etihad Stadium, with their opponents forced to attack in transition by progressing up the field without hesitation whenever opportunities emerge.

For Liverpool to flourish in attack against Manchester City, Klopp's players must be direct when building offensive moves by advancing from A to B without making too many sideways passes. Gravenberch proved to make a difference in that sense, with Jones perhaps more suited to starting role when the Reds are favorites to win.

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The Scouse midfielder is just as dynamic and well-rounded in many ways, but his use of the ball is different. Jones rarely ever loses possession, and that is arguably his best quality considering he's typically deployed near the final third. Indeed, he's completed 202 of his 216 attempted passes in the Premier League this term.

Jones is averaging a pass completion rate of 93.3 per cent so far this season, and he posted 90.3 per cent last time around. His safety and security is one of the reasons why he never loses the ball, as he often decides to make short and simple passes over five yards as opposed to assuming the spotlight.

The 22-year-old academy graduate is technical and sharp in tight spaces, and he's very difficult to dispossess. Upon inspection of what he offers, he seems ideally suited to playing when Liverpool is expected to be dominant, as his tendency to probe around the penalty box allows the Reds to control games.

He is one of the main reasons why opponents struggle to escape their own half when they visit Anfield. Jones offers an element of glue for his teammates and allows Liverpool to build wave after wave of attack, whereas Gravenberch appears more expressive and vertical with his running.

Moving forward, after learning from the 1-1 draw at the Etihad over the weekend, Klopp could use the two depending on the match scenario at hand. Gravenberch could be the man for the big occasion considering his ability to drive his teammates up the field on the break, whereas Jones looks better suited to a role providing Liverpool with a foothold in the final third against weaker sides.

Klopp certainly has options, that is for sure. Both players have helped the Reds transform their engine room over the past six months, and they both have the quality and potential to make the headlines for different reasons as Liverpool 2.0 continues to evolve.