Alex Rogers thinks that Marko Grujic can break into Liverpool’s first team this season and thinks pre-season is the perfect opportunity to showcase his talents.
Many Liverpool fans will have been relieved to finally see our boys play after what seemed like an eternity against local lower league team Tranmere Rovers in a satisfying 4-0 win.
Despite the massive gap in quality between the two teams, it didn’t take away from the clear talent our players possess.
There was a lot to take in during our first preseason fixture of the year. With the debut of Dom Solanke, our most recent young talent to join, it was interesting to see how he’d do and having only seen him play a short amount of time in a red shirt, he seems to have a lot of promise.
Another player that showed a lot of promise is Marko Grujic. The Serbian has made it a habit to score absolute belters during pre-season as he scored a sublime goal against Tranmere, but not quite as eye-wateringly good as his header against Barcelona last year.
Since the game against Tranmere, Grujic has come out and spoken of how he’s ready to prove to the coaching staff that he’s ready to play more and step up this year with the number of extra games Liverpool have to play this season.
It has to be asked, would it be feasible for Marko to be allowed to prove himself next season considering the amount of talent we have in midfield and with Keïta very strongly linked with us? Personally, I absolutely think it’s feasible.
Grujic’s first season with the club was squandered terribly through injury, hardly getting a chance to show what he can do despite having a stormer of a pre-season just before.
He showed so much promise and seemed like he could’ve even competed for a first team spot just based off his pre-season form.
But, alas, the world is cruel and Grujic’s first season for us can be put down as nothing more than a season wracked by injury.
So it makes complete sense that Marko would have a point to prove considering his frustratingly staggered season. If he can keep himself from getting injured he could definitely get himself a few minutes off the bench.
Also, with the number of cup competitions we are in, he has a fair chance of starting in at least a few games to prove himself.
It’s no secret that our midfield has a lot of competition in it, with even our captain not guaranteed a starting place. And with us strongly linked with a certain Guinean midfielder, the chances are it’s going to be much harder for our midfielders to tie down a starting spot.
But does that mean Grujic should be resigned to the fact that, because his chances are pretty slim becoming a regular starter this season, he shouldn’t fight for it? No, definitely not.
It’s fantastic that he come out and said he’s prepared to prove himself to the staff that he has the talent to get in the team. It shows how mature he is and shows promise for his future.
As much as it’s pretty unlikely he’s going to be a pivotal player for us this season, I wouldn’t put it past him that he won’t be pivotal for us at some point in the future.