Hertha Berlin’s Pal Dardai says the numbers speak for themselves when it comes to Marko Grujic.
It would take most people a few moments to name Marko Grujic as Jurgen Klopp’s first signing with Liverpool. The Serbian signed three years ago this month but has never broken through.
Injuries have taken their toll but Grujic remains one of the very few Klopp signings to make no impact.
It was decided a year ago that Grujic may develop better away from Anfield. That resulted in a loan spell in the Championship with Cardiff City that ended with promotion for the Bluebirds.
This season Grujic is in the Bundesliga with Hertha Berlin. Injuries have limited him to just eight appearances but that is still enough to leave a remarkable impression on the club.
Hertha boss Pal Dardai hailed Grujic earlier in the season, calling him ‘the best midfielder we’ve had in 20 years’. Now, he’s done it again, pointing to evidence that Grujic is a ‘top shelf’ player.
Hertha coach hails Grujic
“This is the first time in my life when I didn’t have to settle with the middle shelf of the supermarket, instead I was able reach the top shelf,” Dardai told Index.
“Before the Bundesliga game we had an exhibition match between Hertha ‘A’ and ‘B’ teams. Grujic was on the ‘B’ team, and they won 1-0.
“But it doesn’t matter what I think of him, the numbers talk for themselves. When he started and played a lot we had a 2.4 point average. With this point average we would contend in the Champions League. Top three teams in the Bundesliga have a point average like this.
“Without him, we have a 0.7 point average. We would be relegated with this kind of performance.”
Dardai certainly backs up his words well there. It remains to be seen if Grujic can make it at Liverpool but he’s heading in the right direction.
Injuries are still holding him back, however. That remains the major stumbling block and it will remain that way until Grujic overcomes them – no matter how talented he is.
There’s still time but you have to think it’s running out.