The conclusion of the transfer window is just days away and still, Liverpool have a number of futures unresolved at the club.
Xherdan Shaqiri, Harry Wilson and Marko Grujic all remain ambiguous prospect with the latter in particular someone who has divided opinion amongst the Liverpool fan base.
Remarkably, Grujic was Jurgen Klopp’s first-ever signing at the club after the Serbian international was unveiled back in January 2016 from Red Star Belgrade in a deal worth £5.1 million [BBC].
He has developed well since and has demonstrated that he has an array of qualities that could benefit the Reds, yet unfortunately for Grujic, Liverpool’s recent unrivalled dominance has set the bar incredibly high for him to break into Klopp’s selection process.
Liverpool currently have eight midfielders on their books as well as a wealth of world-class options at the manager’s disposal. The likes of Jordan Henderson, Thiago Alcantara, Fabinho, Georginio Wijnaldum, Naby Keita, James Milner, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Curtis Jones have all complicated matters for Grujic.
Klopp has maintained that he likes to operate with a small squad which would make Grujic his most dispensable option in midfield. Even if he was kept, following Liverpool’s elimination from the Carabao Cup, it is difficult to see which competition Klopp could realistically use the Serb in.
Also, considering that Grujic would probably start in a number of Premier League teams across the top-flight the lure of seeking first-team opportunities elsewhere suddenly becomes more appealing.
Rhian Brewster was a direct example of this after successfully securing a £23.5 million move to Sheffield United on Friday in an attempt to kick on his career away from Anfield.
Grujic is still just 24 with his peak years still ahead of him. He could be forgiven if he felt that his prospects would be better suited at another club.
A harsh reality
Against Arsenal in midweek, Grujic was arguably Liverpool’s best player on the night and his ability to dictate the tempo of the match, as well as make lung-busting runs forward, were certainly positive to see.
He was desperately unlucky not to score having been thwarted by Bernd Leno on several occasions.
In fact, Grujic attempted more than double the number of shots (7) to his Liverpool teammates with the former Hertha Berlin loanee taking confidence from his first goal for the club last week against Lincoln City.
On the ball, Grujic was a class act, and he boasted a pass success rate of 88 per cent, which again was more than any other of his Reds teammate.
His excursions against Arsenal showcased Grujic’s well-rounded skill set and typified why he would make for a useful addition to many Premier League squads.
It’s no surprise then that West Ham and Southampton are the latest clubs touted with an interest in Grujic as per The Mail.
Overall, there is no doubt that Grujic could further enhance another team’s prospects this season given his versatile skill set. Unfortunately for the Liverpool star, he faces the impossible task of dethroning some of the world’s best midfielders in the game.
If he were to part ways with the club then it would be an amicable departure as there’s no disgrace in that given the elite personnel Klopp has at his disposal, Grujic just couldn’t quite cut it at the top.
Considering Shaqiri’s imminent departure and the likelihood that Wilson is now expected to stay according to The Athletic, Grujic represents Liverpool’s final major transfer decision this summer.
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