Liverpool were set to have one of their biggest summer transfer windows of recent times ahead of next season, however, the global health crisis has put the kibosh on these ambitions. The gaffer has essentially confirmed that there won’t be any expensive signings made in the next couple of months. Marko Grujic could get a chance at Liverpool as the club adjusts to the financial realities of the pandemic.
The next Gerrard
Marko Grujic was Jürgen Klopp’s first signing at Liverpool. The Serbian was signed from Red Star Belgrade in 2016, the Reds paid £5.1m for the midfielder who had been dubbed ‘the next Steven Gerrard’.
However, since joining the Reds he has failed to break into the first team and has instead been sent out on a series of loan moves to gain experience.
Grujic has recently finished his second season with Hertha Berlin and will return to Merseyside for pre-season with the Reds.
Flashes of brilliance
It has been hard to measure just how much the Serbian midfielder has to offer. Whilst in Germany we have seen flashes of what he has to offer but he has been inconsistent at best.
We should be kind in our assessment though, Grujic has been part of a struggling Hertha side who have chopped and changed managers for fun in the last couple of seasons, making it hard for him to get used to and grow within a certain system.
Performances like his goal scoring, man of the match performance against RB Leipzig in May should give Kopites hope that he could fulfil his vast potential.
Liverpool have been linked with a host of midfielders in the last year, from Kai Havertz to Thiago Alcantara.
However, Jürgen Klopp has confirmed that there is no budget for big money signings this summer, the club will instead have to make do with the current roster.
This frugal approach could give Marko Grujic a lifeline at Anfield. The Serbian will have room to show what he can do as the Reds look to transition to their next squad with the likes of James Milner edging towards the twilight of their career.
Fingers crossed this could be a blessing in disguise for the club, we could finally see the best of a player who arrived with such promise. At just 24-years-old Grujic still has plenty of time to improve.