Liverpool coach Vitor Matos has hailed the qualities of Marko Grujic after his loan to FC Porto. We should all keep an eye on the Serbian this season.
Marko Grujic completed his loan to FC Porto this week. It was a surprise move, too, as the Reds reportedly wanted to sell the Serbian for £20m.
But after a move to Weder Bremen broke down, Liverpool had too many foreign players on their books. And so on Tuesday, shortly before the Champions League squad deadline, they sent Grujic to Porto.
We think they did very well to make that happen and you can read out thoughts here.
As for the player himself, he’s got a solid move to a Champions League club. Grujic is a very talented player, after all, and can finally shine in the competition. But just how good is he?
Well, if you listen to Liverpool coach Vitor Matos, he’s a very special talent.
“Marko had a very regular and consistent year on loan at Hertha Berlin and was at this early stage with us in which he played two official games,” Matos told Portuguese outlet O Jogo.
“He played in both as a No.6 and, despite not being his most natural position, he performed very well. He’s a midfielder who feels comfortable in a more positional game, but at the same time has a wide range of space. He has a good tactical culture and that allows him to be versatile in the functions of means in different structures.
“He’s aggressive in tackling and has a natural ability to guide the ball through the interior.
“He was one of Serbia’s greatest talents when he was signed. He never got room at Liverpool, due to the options for the positions, and at the same time the market opportunities that arose and allowed him more playing time.”
One to watch
It’s safe to say that Grujic is rated highly at Liverpool – he’s just in an unfortunate position. There are so many established, title-winning midfielders at the club and as Matos says, he never got room to show what he can do.
But there is no option to buy in his loan deal. Grujic will return to Anfield at the end of the season and if certain players don’t perform, Jurgen Klopp may finally give him some space in the squad.
Grujic is playing for a big club now and in the biggest competition. If he shines, there will be little doubt that he can perform for Liverpool.
So with that in mind, the Serbian is a player all Reds should keep an eye on this season. They might just get an early look at a first-team player for next season.