Liverpool’s new midfielder, Ryan Gravenberch, will not be joining the Netherlands U21 squad during the upcoming international break. Instead, he has chosen to focus on settling into his new life at Anfield following his £38.5 million transfer from Bayern Munich on deadline day.
Gravenberch’s registration was not completed in time for him to feature in Liverpool’s recent 3-0 victory over Aston Villa. As a result, he will have to wait until after the international fixtures to make his debut for the club. However, rather than joining up with the Netherlands U21 squad for their matches against Moldova and North Macedonia, Gravenberch has informed coach Michael Reiziger of his intention to concentrate on integrating himself within Liverpool’s squad.
The 21-year-old Dutchman has opted to remain at the AXA Training Centre during the break, using the time to familiarize himself with his new teammates and adapt to Jurgen Klopp’s playing style. Gravenberch’s decision to prioritize settling in with Liverpool over international duty has been well-received by the club’s fans, as it demonstrates his commitment to his club career.
Liverpool’s next match after the break is against Wolves on September 16, and Gravenberch will be eager to make his first appearance for the club at Molineux. Having missed out on a pre-season with Klopp’s team, the two-week gap between fixtures provides him with an opportunity to catch up and get up to speed while his new colleagues are away representing their countries.
Gravenberch’s arrival has generated excitement among Liverpool fans, and his choice to forgo national commitments further highlights his determination to succeed at Anfield. Last season, he had limited playing time at Bayern Munich, mostly coming off the bench in 24 Bundesliga appearances. This lack of involvement reportedly contributed to his unhappiness and played a significant role in his decision to join Liverpool.
With his sights set on establishing himself in Klopp’s plans swiftly, Gravenberch’s decision to prioritize settling at Liverpool during the international break underscores his commitment and ambition to make a significant impact on the team.