Jurgen Klopp has taken a strange stance on Marko Grujic, going by reports. The midfielder is back at Liverpool after a two-year loan spell.
The Mirror reports that Klopp has changed his mind on Grujic this summer. Instead of offloading the Serbian, he’s going to give him a chance to earn a place in Liverpool’s squad.
Grujic is back after two years with Hertha BSC – a productive two years, too. The player impressed in the Bundesliga and increased his stock. Enough so that Goal report that are as many as seven teams looking to sign him.
Both reports claim that Liverpool would want around £20m for the player if they did sell him. Although, that now may not happen.
Instead, Grujic has a chance to earn a spot in the Liverpool squad. And that’s quite surprising.
As you’ve probably heard, Liverpool reportedly want Thiago. There’s a hitch, however, as ESPN spell out here. In short, the Reds feel they have too many midfielders and can’t justify a move for the Spaniard.
They perhaps could if Gini Wijnaldum left but that depends on someone fronting cash for him. And that’s unlikely, given he’s available for free in under a year.
Now, this part all makes sense to us. Liverpool do have a lot of midfielders. There’s Wijnaldum, of course, as well as Fabinho, Jordan Henderson, James Milner, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, Naby Keita and Curtis Jones. And we may have forgotten someone.
Jones aside, they’re all senior players who expect to play with some regularity, too. So we can understand if Liverpool don’t feel they have space for Thiago.
But then, why does Klopp believe he has space for Grujic? One potential answer is he sees them as different ‘additions’. One, Thiago, is a player who will want to play nearly every week. Perhaps Liverpool don’t have room for that with the senior options at the club.
The other, Grujic, maybe doesn’t carry the same expectations. There’s room for a squad player but not a first XI player, in other words.
But then, Grujic is 24 – he’s surely close to wanting regular football. And any games he does play will take away from the others, no matter how irregular they are.
The other options is that one of the reports is incorrect, of course. But on the face of it, with the information we’ve got, this seems like a strange move from Klopp.