The right Premier League loan could skyrocket the value of Marko Grujic. The Serbian’s future is a little up in the air right now.
What do Liverpool do with Grujic? They’ve got a very talented 24-year-old midfielder who suits their style and yet there’s no room for him. The Liverpool Echo say it’s ‘unlikely’ he’ll find a place in the squad – even Harry Wilson has more of a chance.
And yet Grujic has enjoyed a wonderfully productive spell with Hertha BSC. The Serbian has impressed everyone at the club, consistently receiving high praise from management.
In usual circumstances, that would set him up for a spell in Liverpool’s first-team. But this isn’t a usual Liverpool squad – they’re the champions and options in midfield are stacked. Curtis Jones emerging into a solid player limits his chances even further and they didn’t look good to begin with.
The other option
So when a player’s stock is high and you can’t fit them in your squad, you sell them. There’s no other good option, really – you cash in on a player who otherwise offers nothing. But again, this isn’t a usual situation.
The economic crash means clubs will take fewer risks this summer. Especially clubs that would consider a player like Grujic. While the truly elite may be fine, everyone below that will want guarantees. They certainly won’t want to spend £25m-£30m on someone like Grujic, who has never had a truly settled spell in his career.
Thus Liverpool surely can’t get the kind of money they’d hope for this summer. And that makes selling Grujic really hard to do – fortunately, there’s no rush.
Premier League football
Grujic’s deal still has three years to run on it. That means Liverpool can take their time with this one and the option of loaning him out again is there.
And with that option, they can look to give him the one thing he truly lacks – Premier League football. If Grujic can get a decent loan in England’s top-flight, his value could skyrocket.
Especially if he translated his Bundesliga performances over into England. With Hertha, he had his manager saying he was the club’s best midfielder for 20 years. Similar praise from a club in England and you’ll find teams willing to pay huge amount for him.
But there’s also the chance that he impresses enough that a future with Liverpool becomes real. It’s still his ‘dream’, he says, and if he can prove he’s Premier League quality, then it may be one that comes true.