Liverpool haven’t made many mistakes in the transfer window during Jürgen Klopp’s reign. Any mistakes the club have made have typically been inexpensive ones. One less successful signing has just sealed another temporary move away. Marko Grujic has joined Porto on loan for the season.
Marko Grujic became the first signing of the Jürgen Klopp era when he joined from Red Star Belgrade in 2016.
The Serbian arrived with a burgeoning reputation, pursued by teams across the continent it was the Reds who landed him.
James Pearce was gushing with praise for the youngster, writing in the Liverpool ECHO:
“If I had to compare Marko Grujic to anyone in terms of style of playing, I’d compare him to our own Steven Gerrard.”
The midfielder was sent out on loan to Cardiff City with some success and has since spent two terms in the German capital with Hertha Berlin.
Grujic seals Porto loan
Homegrown quotas and non-homegrown limits meant that a move for Marko Grujic was always likely.
The Serbian would have been frozen out of the squad otherwise and that is something nobody would have wanted.
After months of rumours, with speculation linking him with a German Bundesliga switch, Marko Grujic has joined Porto on loan for the season.
What RTK has to say
This was always on the cards. We would’ve hated to have seen the youngster frozen out of the side by the homegrown quotas.
He is still young, just 24-years-old, he has plenty of time to improve – hence why the lack of an obligation to buy on Porto’s behalf actually works out well for us.
Should the Serbian kick on in his development then he could be a sound replacement for James Milner or Gini Wijnaldum next summer, we aren’t completely resigned to losing him.