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Does Adam Lallana's imminent Anfield exit open the door for Marko Grujic?

Amid reports from the Daily Mail, Liverpool have been approached by Leicester City for soon-to-be out-of-contract Adam Lallana which could open up a route to the first team for loanee midfielder Marko Grujic.

MUNICH, GERMANY – AUGUST 16: Marko Grujic of Hertha BSC celebrates after scoring his team’s second goal during the Bundesliga match between FC Bayern Muenchen and Hertha BSC at Allianz Arena on August 16, 2019 in Munich, Germany. (Photo by Daniel Kopatsch/Bongarts/Getty Images)

The 23-year-old is currently on loan at Hertha Berlin but has been with Liverpool since his arrival in January 2016 after Grujic became the first signing of the Jurgen Klopp era.

A regular starter in the Bundesliga, Grujic should be well placed to join Liverpool’s midfield after two successful seasons in Germany.

Grujic’s progress into Klopp’s long-term plans could be further accelerated due to the inevitable departure of Anfield icon Lallana.

Lallana, 31, has been a prominent figure for Liverpool over the past six years since his £25million [BBC Sport] move from Southampton. The England international, though, is out of contract this summer – despite clocking up 175 appearances for the Merseyside outfit.

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As a result, he is likely to leave the home of the European champions come the end of the season with the midfielder seemingly uninterested in signing a new contract enabling the Reds to begin the process of integrating young talent into the first team.

Grujic is a player who has remained a constant enigma amongst the fanbase since his £5.14m [BBC Sport] arrival on Merseyside over four years ago. The attack-minded midfielder has made just 14 first-team appearances since Klopp made him his inaugural Liverpool signing.

LEIGH, GREATER MANCHESTER – OCTOBER 23: Marko Grujic of Liverpool celebrates after scoring a goal to make it 1-2 during the Premier League 2 fixture between Manchester United and Liverpool at Leigh Sports Village on October 23, 2017 in Leigh, Greater Manchester. (Photo by Robbie Jay Barratt – AMA/Getty Images)

Despite fading in the eyes of the Anfield observers,  it has been a very successful time for the Serbian. His coach last season Pál Dárdai labelled the Serbia international the best midfielder he’d seen at Hertha for 20 years.

Grujic has certainly made a huge impression away from his parent club whilst also improving his all-around game to one that could potentially be moulded into Liverpool’s future midfield.

Initially tipped as the natural successor to Steven Gerrard, time will only tell as to whether Grujic is ready to get into the Liverpool side next season. At just 23-years-old, he has plenty of time to live up to the hype – he is certainly deserving of a chance.



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