Liverpool have bought wisely since Jürgen Klopp took charge of the first team. The Reds have identified value in the transfer market, snapping up bright, young and undervalued talents for a snip. It is difficult to point at any signings that haven’t worked out, for some time there were questions about Naby Keita but he has now proved his doubters wrong. The only puzzle left is Marko Grujic, he could save his Liverpool career if he matches the example of Joel Matip.
The next Steven Gerrard
Grujic was Jürgen Klopp’s first signing at Liverpool, agreeing a £5.1m deal for the Serbian midfielder in January 2016 with the player arriving on Merseyside that summer.
When the deal was struck for Grujic he was being touted as ‘the next Steven Gerrard‘ – though, which exciting young Liverpool midfielder hasn’t shouldered that burden?
The Serbian didn’t crack the first team straight away and has since been on a series of loans to Cardiff City and Hertha Berlin.
On his way out?
At the minute there doesn’t appear to be any room in the Liverpool midfield for the 24-year-old.
The ex-Red Star man has been impressive in bursts in the German Bundesliga but the common consensus is that the club will look to sell the midfielder this summer.
However, if Michael Edwards can’t get the fee he is after we may well see him stick around – so what do we do with him then?
Grujic should mirror Matip
Joel Matip wasn’t always one of the world’s best centre backs. There was a time in his Liverpool career when he was error prone and thought to be surplus to requirements.
The Cameroonian joined the Reds on a free the same summer as Grujic, although Matip became a regular starter.
In his first couple of seasons at Liverpool we saw Matip show glimpses of brilliance but he was too error prone to be considered a long term option.
However, a run of games next to Virgil van Dijk and the towering defender became a world beater – he turned things around.
Marko Grujic could yet save his Liverpool career if he mirrors Joel Matip by taking his chances when they’re presented to him.
Matip only reached the heights we know now when Joe Gomez was injured in the winter of 2018. If Marko Grujic is afforded a similar opportunity then we may well see him surprise us.