Liverpool completed a surprise deal with FC Porto for Marko Grujic on Tuesday. They did very well to get it done before a key deadline.

Few people expected Liverpool to move Marko Grujic on, so his move to FC Porto was a surprise. There was plenty to be surprised about, too.

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Firstly, that it happened at all. Liverpool reportedly wanted to sell Grujic for £20m and weren’t entertaining loan deals. So the fact they decided to let him go on loan was a shock.

Secondly, that they got him to a club as good as Porto. As the article above says, Liverpool thought he’d be off to Weder Bremen. Now, with all respect to Bremen, they’re not at Porto’s level. Either historically or currently.

But now Grujic will spend a year with a title-challenging Champions League club. He should learn an awful lot and grow his game exponentially. Perhaps he’ll even be a threat to make the Liverpool team in a year.

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Which brings us to the third surprise – the timing.

Cutting it close

The deal to get Grujic to Porto happened after the transfer deadline. Fortunately, Portugal’s ends later than most other countries, meaning they could get it done. That must have been a relief for Liverpool, who were at risk of having too many foreign players.

But they still cut it very close to a deadline. The deadline for Champions League clubs to submit their squads for the season was Tuesday at midnight. Liverpool announced he was heading there with just a couple of hours to spare.

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But because they managed to get it done on that day, Porto can register him for the Champions League. That’s huge for Grujic, Porto and Liverpool – who are making sure a talented player gets to experience elite football.

So all in all, this surprising deal was very well done all round.

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