“Dutch managers are furious” – Fabrizio Romano explains Ryan Gravenberch situation following Liverpool transfer

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Ryan Gravenberch has infuriated Dutch managers by deciding not to go to Under-21 duty with the Netherlands in order to focus on settling in at Liverpool.

That’s according to Fabrizio Romano in the latest edition of his CaughtOffside column on Substack, with the reporter attempting to give his insight into the slightly strange story that’s emerged since the player’s move to Anfield.

Gravenberch recently made the move from Bayern Munich to Liverpool, and it seems things haven’t started that smoothly for him at his new club due to the timing of the move meaning he’s decided not to play for the Netherlands Under-21s.

Ronald Koeman, manager of the senior Dutch national team, has strongly criticised Gravenberch publicly, but Romano insists the 21-year-old is simply trying to do his best to ensure he can make as strong a start as possible with LFC.

“Gravenberch is now making headlines as Ronald Koeman criticised him for not linking up with the Netherlands Under-21s,” Romano said.

“The player has only just moved and wants to focus on Liverpool and to do his best to adapt as quickly as possible to help the squad. Dutch managers are furious as they expected different behaviour, but Gravenberch has his own reasons… I think it’s a typical 50/50 situation.”

Liverpool fans will hope this isn’t a slightly concerning sign of Gravenberch’s attitude, as it does arguably seem quite unprofessional not to report for an international call-up, though on the other hand they’ll be reassured that he’s working so hard to settle in at his new club.

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  1. Sorry, are we talking about the same Dutch manager who abandoned the national team to take a job at Barcelona in 2020? Right sure, my heart bleeds.

  2. I guess if Ryan progresses under Jurgen as expected the Dutch will be only too happy to have him back. As to moan because he wants to settle into a new club, city and country is childish.

  3. The manager is totally hypocritical here. Ryan wasn’t playing for Holland due to a lack of game time at Bayern. He just joined a new club barely a week ago and the coach calls him up, he declines for obvious reasons and there is such outcry…, pls people, this is wrong.

    It just feels like the coach is trying to cover up his inadequacies.

  4. The player is 21 and he will earn infinite caps with the Oranje sooner or later. This is handbags, really.

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