Marko Grujic wants Liverpool return next season and after two years on loan with Hertha Berlin, it would be the perfect time for him to be reunited with the Reds.
When Liverpool signed the 6 ft 3 midfielder in 2015, he seemed exactly like the type of player that Jurgen Klopp would want running the game in central areas.
After he joined the Reds, he was subsequently loaned back to Red Star Belgrade as per the terms of their agreement and that was followed by half a year with Cardiff City and two with Hertha Berlin.
He said to Bild: “My contract at Liverpool runs until 2023. We [he and Klopp] both saw it in a similar way: I only managed to make the most of 50 per cent of my opportunities in Berlin. Minor injuries knocked me back.
“I always realise that I belong to such a big club and it’s where I want to be. If I play 34 very good games for Hertha, the chance to be a true Liverpool player next year is great.”
Signed as a 19-year-old, Grujic is now 23 and if he returned to Liverpool on a permanent basis next summer, it would be the perfect time for a couple of reasons.
Not only would he be 25 and close to the prime of his career but it’s also likely that Adam Lallana and James Milner will be considering leaving the club as they’ll be 32 and 34 respectively.
There will be two open slots in Klopp’s midfield and while Grujic would struggle to displace Fabinho, Jordan Henderson and one of Naby Keita, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Gini Wijnaldum from the starting XI, he’d be a valuable squad member without a doubt.
It will irk fans no doubt to hear this phrase but he genuinely would be “like a new signing” given that he has never really been given able to get a strong run of games in Red.
He wouldn’t be on big wages and would come without mug fanfare but next year is the perfect time for Grujic to return to Liverpool.