Marko Grujic returned to action for Liverpool’s U23s against Reading last night after a lengthy spell on the sidelines.
Liverpool U23s beat Reading U23s 5-1 at Adams Park in a terrific team performance. It was Marko Grujic’s first game back since November but 17-year-old Rhian Brewster stole the headlines as the youngster scored two goals.
The most impressive part of the U23s play is that they emulate the first team. There is a mirroring of Jürgen Klopp’s geggenpressing philosophy which runs right through the whole club. Ben Woodburn’s goal came from a blistering counter-attack after the ball was stolen in midfield, highlighting the similarity between the reserves and the first team.
Grujic was able to complete an hour on his return at Adams Park and will be working his way to full fitness. Liverpool have missed the Serbian in that there has been a real lack of squad depth this season.
If Grujic had managed to stay fit this season, with Henderson’s injury woes and Emre Can struggling for form, who’s to say he wouldn’t have made his breakthrough this season? That being said, there is plenty of time as the former Red Star midfielder is just 20 years old.
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Given that every game for Liverpool’s seniors is a must win, it’s unlikely that Grujic will see much game time for the first team and will most likely continue building up his fitness with the U23s.
Liverpool could be in the Champions League next season and having Grujic fit next season for squad rotation will be of massive importance.