It’s fair to say that Marko Grujic hasn’t exactly made the impact he would have liked since completing his loan switch from Liverpool to FC Porto.
So far, Grujic has failed to establish a stronghold with his new team nor has established himself as a regular in Sérgio Conceição’s starting XI.
He has made just two starts for the Portuguese giants so far this season. The first came during a 3-2 defeat at the hands of mid-table outfit Pacos de Ferreira, which resulted Grujic embarrassingly being hooked off at half time.
The second, and most recent, occurred last night in the Champions League. It was another miserable occasion for Grujic, who was sent off for two bookable offences within nine minutes of each other.
Grujic, 24, has so far been unable to force his way into the side on a regular basis, and off the evidence of last night, his prospects are no less rosier.
Luckily for the Serbian international, his club-side Porto were able to see out the game and earn a 2-0 victory which sees them just one win away from securing their qualification into the knockout stages of the Champions League.
There has been no cause for concern in terms of injury, although the fact he arrived in a new environment without a pre-season hasn’t helped him build from any kind of momentum.
Goal reported in August that Liverpool were ready to sell the midfielder and wanted £20 million from any potential suitor.
That didn’t materialise despite a number of clubs interested in signing Grujic permanently.
If the Reds are going to command a respectable price for him in 2021, or if he is to have a future at Anfield, Grujic – who was Jurgen Klopp’s first Liverpool signing in 2016 – needs to drastically turnaround his fortunes.
Making the grade at the home of the Portuguese champions inevitably won’t come easy, but given his long-term aspirations are to play for the champions of England and the world, he will have to kick-on sooner rather than later.
Grujic’s ongoing struggles have left supporters confused as to why Liverpool sanctioned a loan in the first place given their current shortage of injuries.
It’s a decision that so far has yet to benefit either Liverpool or Grujic himself and something supporters believe the club could come to regret come the end of the season.
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