According to reports from Goal, Liverpool missed out on the opportunity to offload Marko Grujic to Bundesliga outfit Werder Bremen after a permanent deal for the Serbian international fell through not too shortly before he eventually joined FC Porto on a season-long loan deal.

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SALZBURG, AUSTRIA – AUGUST 25: Marko Grujic of Liverpool attacked by Sekou Koita of Salzburg during the friendly match between FC Red Bull Salzburg and FC Liverpool at Red Bull Arena on August 25, 2020 in Salzburg, Austria. (Photo by Michael Molzar/SEPA.Media /Getty Images)

Grujic, 24, completed a deal to join the Portuguese champions earlier this month having previously clocked up two appearances for the Reds in the Carabao Cup.

He was the first-ever signing of Jurgen Klopp’s reign having joined the Reds from Red Star Belgrade back in January 2016. Grujic recently spent the last two seasons on loan in the German top-flight with Hertha Berlin – playing 54 times in all competitions for the Bundesliga side. In that time, he had scored nine goals for Bruno Labbadia’s side – as well as creating three more.

Liverpool’s decision to loan Grujic to Portugal came as a bit of a shock after the club had retained that they would only look to sell the midfielder on a permanent basis with an asking price deemed to be in the region of £20 million according to The Mirror.

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The fact that Grujic will now get the opportunity to regularly compete at a Champions League level club should only help improve his game exponentially. With all due respect to Bremen, they are not on Porto’s level, both historically or currently.

Also given the fact that Jordan Henderson, Thiago Alcantara, Georginio Wijnaldum and James Milner will all be in their 30’s by the time Grujic returns from his loan spell in Portugal, Liverpool could be more inclined to have another look at his first-team credentials once again next season.

Porto were also able to successfully get the deal over the line before last Tuesday’s Champions League squad announcement deadline which is most likely one of the main reasons why Liverpool agreed for Grujic to endure yet another loan spell away from Anfield.

With the ongoing pandemic still complicating the financial aspects of the current economic climate, a year sabbatical at one of Europe’s biggest club could still prove beneficial for Liverpool as regular game time on club football’s biggest stage is only going to increase Grujic’s value further.

All in all, it looks like a deal that could still huge financial benefits for the Reds.

 

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