Ryan Gravenberch has performed well in the limited playing time he has had this season since joining Liverpool from Bayern Munich.
The Netherlands international has scored a goal and provided two assists in 285 minutes across seven games for his new club this season. He seems to be adapting well to Jurgen Klopp’s dynamic midfield.
However, like many foreign Liverpool players before him, Gravenberch admits to struggling to fully understand the Scouse accent. This unique English dialect is influenced by the city’s Irish, Welsh, and Scandinavian immigrants.
The Scouse accent is predominantly spoken by those residing in Liverpool and the surrounding region. Gravenberch told Sky Sports (h/t The Boot Room):
“To be honest, sometimes when they speak, I have to concentrate hard to understand what they’re saying. Maybe in a couple of weeks, I’ll get used to it because it’s challenging. My Scouse accent is okay, but perhaps with more time here, it’ll improve.”
Gravenberch was signed on the deadline day last month for €40 million from Bayern Munich after Liverpool missed out on Moises Caicedo and Romeo Lavia. Although not a natural defensive midfielder, he is proving to be a valuable asset in the No. 6 role for Jurgen Klopp.
Gravenberch’s availability also allows Stefan Bajcetic, Alexis Mac Allister, and Curtis Jones to step into the No. 6 role.
Liverpool Star Sends Message After Netherlands’ Loss to France
Ryan Gravenberch’s compatriot, Virgil van Dijk, wore the captain’s armband for the Netherlands as they suffered a 2-1 defeat to France on Friday (October 13).
Quilindschy Hartman’s 83rd-minute strike proved to be a mere consolation goal for the hosts, as a Kylian Mbappe brace helped France secure the win in Amsterdam. Van Dijk didn’t have the best day, with his team conceding twice. He managed just one interception and lost four of his six duels.
Van Dijk’s Liverpool teammates Gravenberch and Cody Gakpo were named in Ronald Koeman’s squad this month. Unfortunately, Gakpo is currently nursing an injury.
The Oranje now travel to Athens to face Greece in the UEFA Euro 2024 qualifiers on Monday (October 16). The 1988 Euro winners trail second-placed Greece by three points but have a game in hand.
France, meanwhile, maintain a six-point lead over the Greeks after six games and have secured qualification for next year’s finals in Germany.