Speaking to the club’s official website, Marko Grujic discusses his Anfield debut and midfield comeptition.
Liverpool signed Marko Grujic as midfield reinforcement but his talents have gone unnoticed as the form of Adam Lallana, Gini Wijnaldum and Jordan Henderson has meant that even Emre Can has found himself on the bench.
The midfield trio have been very impressive in carrying out Klopp’s geggenpressing agenda. Grujic will continue to be a super sub as there is no indication that there will be any kind of change for Liverpool in midfield.
Liverpool’s number 16 is a very dominant box-to-box midfielder but Henderson, Can and Wijnaldum can all perform capably in this role which means Grujic has it all to do in order to break in to the starting XI.
The new signing made his Anfield debut on Saturday against Hull City and spoke to the club’s official website about how it felt to appear at Liverpool’s hallowed ground for the first time.
“Every player and the people in the stadium enjoyed the game,” he told Liverpoolfc.com.
“It’s interesting when you come on from the bench, it’s a nice feeling. It was my first game at Anfield and the feeling was incredible.
“I heard [about the atmosphere] and watched some games before I signed. I made my competitive debut against Derby in the cup and then came on at Anfield. The feeling is nice. I will try to keep working hard.”
It’s intriguing that Grujic mentioned how it’s ‘interesting’ to be introduced off the bench and this may have to do with having the focus on you for a few moments without having earned the attention as you would a goal or assist.
Grujic then continued, “It was a nice game for everyone. We played very well and scored three goals in the first half, and then we continued the same in the second half.
“But we conceded one goal and we will try to improve on those moments from set-pieces. That’s what we can improve.
“The game was very good and I was happy to get some more minutes, it’s nice to be part of it.”
I mentioned how Grujic is up against players who are in fine form in order to make it into Klopp’s midfield, but the Serbian is showing his maturity and professionalism in his approach to the situation.
“All of the players in my position, and other positions, are playing very well,” said Grujic.
“We have had good results to start the season. We had some hard matches away. We will be better from week to week – that’s the most important thing.
“I will try to show my skills in training to get more minutes in the Premier League.”