Liverpool’s record-breaking season may be over, but already preparations will be looming to the club’s title defence which will commence in September.
Jurgen Klopp has made his case that the club are likely to strengthen their squad internally rather than splashing out eye-watering fees on Europe’s most coveted stars.
Because of Liverpool’s firm transfer stance, there is still a case to be made regarding Marko Grujic.
If Liverpool are to sell Grujic, there will be no shortage of suitors following his time in the Bundesliga. But the Reds could be wise to give the player another chance considering the implications of the ongoing global pandemic.
Was the first to gain Klopp’s trust
The 24-year-old was unveiled as the first signing of the Jurgen Klopp era back in 2016. Liverpool paid £5.1 million (Guardian) to secure the Serbian international’s services and was instantly touted as the club’s ‘next Steven Gerrard‘.
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Despite being limited to just 14 Liverpool appearances, there is no denying the quality that initially attracted Klopp to bringing Grujic to Anfield.
Having spent the 2019/20 campaign in the German top-flight with Hertha Berlin, Grujic once again was a mainstay in the team clocking up 29 Bundesliga appearances. He also scored four goals and registered two assists.
Grujic, alongside Harry Wilson, are among two of Liverpool’s standout loan stars who will return to the club for pre-season preparations in the coming weeks.
Could save the club millions
For Liverpool, Grujic’s position is almost a win-win for the club. If the Reds look to avoid seeking out external transfer options then they will be boasted with another experienced midfield arrival without having to pay a penny to secure the player’s services.
Another definitive factor in Grujic’s development is that he is yet to be given a sustained opportunity to settle and fully incorporate his chosen club’s philosophies and core ethos into his game.
Liverpool cannot completely write off Grujic’s credentials as a squad player this season as we are yet to see Grujic given a continued run in the team.
However, if the Reds are to sell then there is value to be had in player who has 124 professional appearances to his name.
Any potential sale Liverpool were to sanction would most certainly recoup the £5.1 million fee they paid four years ago.
Grujic’s sale could even be used to potentially raise funds for Liverpool to invest in other midfield options such as Thiago Alcantara from Bayern Munich.
Learn from the best
It’s one thing to make a name for yourself at Liverpool and another to do it where there is little spotlight and media attention evaluating your performances.
A player of Grujic standards could require the right platform to elevate his game to the next level.
Bruno Fernandes dominated the Portuguese top-flight with Sporting Lisbon and many expected him to take time to develop in the Premier League yet he has been an instant hit.
This isn’t to say Grujic could have anywhere near such a significant impact yet surrounding the midfielder on a daily basis with the likes of Jordan Henderson, Fabinho, Georginio Wijnaldum, Naby Keita and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain can only be beneficial for any hopeful talent of reaching the next level.
Grujic can use the current economic crisis to his advantage and prove to Klopp that all of these links with other European midfield talents are unnecessary and showcase there is still value to be had in the player Klopp brought to Liverpool before anyone else.
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