Hertha sporting director Michael Preetz has talked glowingly of Marko Grujic ahead of his Liverpool return. The Serbian has enjoyed a two-year loan spell.
“Liverpool will get back a player who is definitely more experienced than he has been before because he earned very important game practice,” Preetz told Goal. “And we also had profit out of this past two years with Marko.
“Marko is a player who is present in both penalty boxes. Just in his first year, he played extraordinarily. Now after the restart, he is getting back into his good shape.
“He is just a very good player.”
Grujic joined Hertha on loan in 2018 and repeated the deal for the current season. Now with the Bundesliga finally wrapping up, he’s free to return to Liverpool on June 30th.
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Grujic is arguably Liverpool’s most interesting loanee and his return promises a minor headache for Jurgen Klopp. For one thing, this is just the latest praise Hertha have handed him.
Last season, then manager Pal Dardai labelled him the best midfielder Hertha had seen for 20 years. Things have been a little tough since, however, as the club went through a few managers.
That uncertainty won’t have helped Grujic but it’s great to hear that the club still rates him highly.
Can he break into the Liverpool squad, though? That remains to be seen and you’d have to say that right now, he probably couldn’t. But a few players are coming towards the end of their peak.
James Milner is 34, while Jordan Henderson and Gini Wijnaldum are both 29. That means 24-year-old Grujic should have his chance in the next couple of seasons – if he’s willing to wait around for that.
It’ll be a big summer for him. There will be offers, both loan and permanent, leaving the player with a real decision to make.