Liverpool must know the future for Gini Wijnaldum before selling Marko Grujic. Both player’s could change clubs this summer.
Grujic will learn his fate this summer – but it’s anyone’s guess what it is right now. The 24-year-old has just enjoyed a successful two-year loan spell with Hertha BSC and his stock is fairly high.
But there’s just so little space in the Liverpool squad right now. Curtis Jones’ emergence limits opportunities even further for Grujic and the Serbian wasn’t getting in the team before that.
So perhaps Liverpool will sell. The Mirror recently claimed that Grujic could leave permanently this summer. Their chances of getting a fair price for the player are limited, however, in the current economic climate.
A loan, then? It would be a temporary solution but that might make sense. Give him another year away and see what the situation is come next summer.
Those are the options as we see them right now. But all that could change, too, if Wijnaldum makes a bold choice.
The Dutchman has one year left on his contract. If he decides against signing a new one, then we would expect Wijnaldum to leave this summer. It would be the last chance for Liverpool to secure a fee for a top player and with money tight anyway, they won’t want to pass that up.
Liverpool will be in a tricky position if Wijnaldum does leave. He’s quite possibly the best box-to-box player in the world and the Reds won’t find a replacement easily.
And not even an equal replacement. Any replacement at all will be a struggle to find as the role isn’t common these days. Players are more specialised and an all-around midfielder is quite unique.
We think that Liverpool may consider a change in formation if Wijnaldum decides his future is elsewhere. But Grujic could be an option if they want to avoid that.
The right fit
There’s a reason Grujic was Jurgen Klopp’s first signing. He’s the kind of player Liverpool want in their midfield – a versatile, well-rounded player. In truth, he could be as close to a box-to-box midfielder as Liverpool will find this summer.
Grujic is physical but can get about the pitch. He averages nearly two tackles a game and over two clearances. But he also scored four times for Hertha this season and averages comfortably over a shot per game.
And so if Wijnaldum does leave this summer, adding Grujic to the squad could make a lot of sense. He’d offer the versatility that Liverpool like and he already know the club well. At 24, too, he’s experienced enough to play first-team football but young enough to learn things quickly.
For no cost at all, Grujic may be the best option available for a Wijnaldum-less Liverpool. And that’s why the club shouldn’t consider any sale or loan until their no.5 has made up his mind.