An Instagram post has revealed that summer signing Marko Grujic has returned to training after a setback during recovery from a hamstring injury suffered earlier this season.
Liverpool’s Serbian midfielder is very much a forgotten man with star midfielders in Adam Lallana and Philippe Coutinho, and more recently Georginio Wijnaldum, stealing the show.
Having fallen from the Premier League’s top four this season as a result of thin numbers, Grujic’s absence should’ve been noticed more. Given Emre Can’s woeful form this season coupled with the fact that Adam Lallana has been injured on multiple occasions, it actually comes as a surprise that the absence of Grujic hasn’t attracted more attention.
Grujic hasn’t played a minute of football since Liverpool’s League Cup 2-0 win over Leeds United in October. In total, the Serb has played just 208 minutes for the club since arriving in the summer after his £5.1 million move last January before he was loaned back to Red Star Belgrade.
With Liverpool on the road to face Leicester City after a 16-day gap between their last game against Spurs at Anfield, the news that Grujic is back in training should please Jürgen Klopp very much.
Having had to name Academy hopefuls in Ben Woodburn and Ovie Ejaria on the bench many times this season, the ability to name another senior on the bench is a huge positive for Klopp. Granted Grujic is just 20 years of age, his physicality and ability are not to be doubted.
With several impressive performances in pre-season, Grujic was expected have a breakout season in the Premier League this time round but injury has hampered his progress and he will have to hope that next season will present better opportunities. A superbly taken header against Barcelona at Wembley capped off a truly impressive pre-season for Grujic and that was really the last noteworthy moment for the youngster as injury and a lack of gametime has hindered his development.
There is very little chance that the midfielder will play tonight against Leicester with his fitness levels not meeting the standards that Klopp demands to make it into the matchday squad.
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