Liverpool have had a strong summer window. The Reds have been as clever as expected, raising funds through the sales of fringe players and youngsters, bringing in top talents for bargain fees. The latest Liverpool deal is also a masterstroke, here are three reasons why sending Marko Grujic on loan to Porto is a great idea:
Regular game time
Marko Grujic will be moving to a side where he will be getting regular game time in a top European league.
There is space in the Porto midfield following the loan move of Danilo Pereira to PSG, a space that Grujic will be hoping to fill.
At 24-years-old he needs to be playing regularly if he is to develop into the player we hoped he’d be when we signed him from Red Star Belgrade in 2016.
Challenging at the top
Grujic has spent the past two terms at Hertha Berlin, the German capital side finished 10th last season and 11th the season before.
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If Grujic is ever going to make it at Liverpool then he needs to be accustomed to challenging for titles, challenging at the top end of the table.
Porto are the title holders in Portugal, beating Benfica to top spot by five points last time out.
Furthermore, his loan side are competing in the Champions League, in a group alongside Manchester City.
Getting regular minutes in European competition will benefit the Serbian star greatly when it comes to staking a claim for a place in the Liverpool squad.
No obligation to buy
The Marko Grujic loan to Porto includes no obligation for the Portuguese team to buy the Serbian.
Whilst this clause may have been benefician had the midfielder moved back to Hertha Berlin, being able to take another look at the Serbian at the end of this season is fantastic for Liverpool.
We are sending him to one of the best finishing schools in Europe, some of the game’s top talents have plied their trade at Porto at one time or another.
Having the experience of playing regularly in a team competing at the top of the table and in Europe could see the 24-year-old make great strides, having no obligation to buy means that we can bring him home and renew his contract after he’s kicked on at Porto.