Marko Grujic has admitted that he hopes to spend another year or two on loan at Hertha Berlin. The Serbian has enjoyed a productive season there.
Grujic joined Hertha on loan for the season back in August and has gone on to earn rave reviews. Manager Pal Dardai described him as “by far the best midfielder” he’d seen at the club.
And now Grujic is hoping to remain – albeit temporarily.
“Ultimately, it’s not up to me [what happens],” he said, quotes the Echo.
“But if I could choose myself, I would stay with Hertha for another year, or maybe even two years, to make a very good name for myself by improving all my qualities. And that’s only possible if you play in every game.”
The 22-year-old is clearly enjoying his football in the Bundesliga. And Grujic even admits that if Liverpool should sell him, he hopes to join Hertha permanently.
“My self-confidence has increased due to so much match practice,” he explained.
“My defensive behaviour has also improved a lot because of the games.
“And if Liverpool ever wanted to sell me and I could decide, it would be great if Hertha made an offer.”
Liverpool should look into granting him his wish, too. There is little room for him at Anfield – Jurgen Klopp has a gluttony of midfielders already – and he’s certainly improving in Germany.
Hertha love him, he loves it there, and he’s developing into a player who could have a future at Liverpool.
It’s a move that makes a lot more sense than seeing him return to the bench at Liverpool or hoping for the same kind of progress elsewhere.
Grujic can continue not just playing at a mid-table Bundesliga side but can play with confidence. He’s at a club that is more than willing to teach Grujic how to control and run a midfield. Those are qualities that Liverpool can certainly use.
Grujic was Klopp’s first signing but he’s been his least-utilised thus far. Give him another year or two in Germany and it may not be too late for him to prove his worth in Red.