Marko Grujic bounced back from a midweek red card with a decent performance for FC Porto. The Serbian played 65 minutes against Santa Clara.
Marko Grujic had a poor midweek with a red card against Marseille. The 24-year-old, on loan from Liverpool, lasted 67 minutes before receiving a second yellow.
Fortunately for him, Porto still managed to run out 2-0 winners.
Grujic had a better time on Saturday against Santa Clara, though. He again started the game – his first back-to-back starts since joining the Portuguese club.
The Serbian played 65 minutes and while he did receive another yellow card, he put in a decent defensive performance.
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Grujic won five headers in the game – over twice as many as any other player on the pitch (All stats per Whoscored). He also won both of his tackles and wasn’t dribbled past once.
Add to that the fact that Gruijic wasn’t tackled himself, either, and you’ve got a promising display.
What RTK has to say
Grujic is in such a strange position. He’s a loanee but firmly established himself in top-flight football when at Hertha Berlin the past two years.
It’s why he managed to secure such a good loan. It’s not like he’s at a small or struggling club – he’s playing for a world-famous team.
Naturally, we want to see Grujic do well. Promising performances for Porto put the player in a great place.
He could conceivably play himself into contention at Liverpool, given he’s playing Champions League football. At the very least, Grujic can drive his price up considerably if the Reds want to sell him next summer.
Porto are clearly easing him in, though. As we mentioned, these were his first back-to-back starts. It’s going to take time before he’s totally comfortable there.
But once he is – hopefully early next year – he could well develop quickly. That’ll certainly be the hope at Anfield.