After a tough debut campaign on Merseyside plagued by injuries, Marko Grujić is ready to prove his worth to Liverpool this season.
Marko Grujić is ready to prove to Jürgen Klopp that he has what it takes to succeed as a Liverpool player and he’s certainly gone about it the right way so far, scoring an absolute worldie of a goal as Liverpool beat Tranmere Rovers 4-0 to kick off their pre-season fixtures.
The Serbian was handed a first half start for the Reds in their first friendly of the summer and he took his chance with both hands, rocketing in the Red’s second from all of 25 yards out.
“It was a good match for us,” Grujić told the Liverpool ECHO.
“It was nice to get a goal but there’s a lot of work ahead and tomorrow is a new day. The first win of the new season is always important. We will go again and prepare for the next game on Friday at Wigan.”
The Serbian midfielder is excited to have the chance to prove his mettle to all of the club’s “members of staff” and prove that he’s “ready” to play an enhanced part at Liverpool Football Club this season.
“I want to show all the members of staff that I am ready to play and ready to be in the squad this season. It’s down to me to prove that I can help the team to achieve some nice things. We will have more games this season. We have Europe and the two cup competitions as well as the league. We will need fresh legs.”
“Of course we don’t want them but in every season you have some injury problems. We have to help each other and do the best we can to go as far as possible in the Champions League and to again be in the top positions in the Premier League.”
The 21-year old believes he has improved both physically and football-wise since last summer’s pre-season where he initially burst onto the scene and he believes that fans will see a lot more of his true abilities this coming campaign.
“From my point of view, I am now much better than when I first came to Liverpool,” he added. “That’s physically and also in terms of football things as well. I will try to show that as soon as possible.”
“I started really well last pre-season and then I had two bad injuries around the new year. I worked a lot to get back and then I felt really good with my body. I still think it was a good year for me, personally. I developed a lot as a player. Now as I prepare for this second season at Liverpool I should be much better compared to the first one.”
“The goal against Tranmere will give me more confidence to really push on.”