The 21-year-old Dutchman, having previously plied his trade at Ajax, articulates the unique challenges posed by the ‘intensity’ of playing in the Premier League.
Intensity of the Premier League
Gravenberch emphasizes the distinctive nature of English football, stating,
“Here the intensity of the midfield is a lot different than at Ajax. At Bayern, there was also a lot of intensity, but here it’s a little bit more, also because of the Premier League.”
This highlights the demanding and fast-paced nature of the English top flight.
While Gravenberch has impressed at Liverpool, his adaptation to the Premier League’s rigors has been evident.
In the recent clash against Fulham, his visible fatigue underscored the challenges faced by players transitioning from other leagues.
Despite occasional struggles, Gravenberch acknowledges the understandable adjustment period, noting,
“I didn’t play a lot last season. If you compare that to now being in the Premier League, it’s a lot different.”
Jurgen Klopp’s Impact
Gravenberch credits Liverpool manager, Jurgen Klopp, for revitalizing his career.
“When I spoke to him, it just gave me a warm feeling, like a family, you know?”
Gravenberch expresses gratitude for Klopp’s confidence-building approach, stating to TNT Sports,
“He just told me ‘enjoy the game again,’ and that’s what I did. With the minutes, the confidence came back.”
Statistical Redemption of Gravenberch
In just three months at Liverpool, Gravenberch has eclipsed his season-long statistics at Bayern Munich.
With 50% more starts, twice as many goals and assists, and a resurgence in confidence, he has found a new lease of life in the Premier League.
Fitness and Adaptation Journey
Having joined Liverpool on deadline day, Gravenberch acknowledges the need to catch up on fitness and sharpness.
He recognizes the disparity in stamina compared to teammates Alexis Mac Allister and Dominik Szoboszlai, stating,
“I have to work on that, because I didn’t play a lot last season.”
Gravenberch Embraces the Liverpool Way
As Gravenberch continues his journey with Liverpool, the midfielder navigates the challenges of English football’s intensity, with Klopp’s mentorship and statistical redemption propelling him towards a promising future.
The 21-year-old remains determined to embrace the Liverpool way, leaving the trials of Bayern Munich behind.
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