Alex Rogers looks back at Marko Grujic’s debut season with Liverpool and discusses how the Serbian fared in his first year in England.
Marko Grujic is a hard player to review for the season considering he’s struggled so badly with injury so soon after joining that we’ve missed a lot of what he could’ve shown us. That being said, what the big lanky Serbian has shown us is very promising.
What makes Grujic’s transfer slightly different from most is that Grujic wasn’t a target that Klopp had his eye on but actually a player that his assistant, Buvač, had rated as a hugely promising prospect. Fortunately for us, Klopp trusted his loyal assistant enough to sign this unheard player from the obscure Serbian league.
Last pre-season, Grujic seemed the bargain of the century with every game he played being an absolute stormer of a performance, even bagging himself one of the best headers I’ve seen in years against Barcelona. He really did seem to be all that.
But, alas, it was too good to be true that we’d signed an unknown star that could help us for our title hopes with Marko suffering from a recurring hamstring injury, leaving him sidelined for a huge amount of time.
Only in February did Grujic return to training properly. But because of the extent if his injury, Grujic only managed to play 218 minutes of first team football, 39 of those minutes being from five appearances in the Premier League and the rest being in three appearances in the EFL Cup.
By the end of the season, Grujic started to get minutes for the U23s making five appearances for them and grabbing himself an assist in those five games.
Grujic can’t really be fairly judged this season due to the amount of time he’s been injured, but I still get the impression that he definitely isn’t a waste of money and has a lot to show in the future.
Even in the few appearances he has made, it’s easy to see that one of his best qualities is his huge frame. In the words of my little Irish mother, “he’s a big laddy” and so he is. Standing at a massive 6’3 as a midfielder, the physical presence he possesses is phenomenal. And if you actually look at pictures of him at the beginning of the season and the end, you can actually see that he’s put on a lot of muscle mass.
Hopefully next season we can see more of our Serbian giant. The potential is there for him to succeed at Liverpool having all the physical qualities to do well. This is another player to keep an eye on.