Liverpool loanee Marko Grujic was able to successfully claim his first piece of silverware for the season after FC Porto beat Benfica 2-0 on Wednesday night to lift the Portuguese Super Cup title.
It was Grujic’s first major honour since he was crowned a league champion in his homeland with Serbian outfit Red Star Belgrade in 2016.
Grujic, 24, came off the bench in the second-half as goals from Sérgio Oliveira and Luis Diaz were enough to clinch victory.
It represents a major turnaround in fortunes from Grujic’s behalf with the Serbian midfielder finally beginning to find his feet with FC Porto.
His inaugural trophy of the campaign comes shortly after he helped Porto successfully qualify for the Champions League knockout stages, the reward is a titanic last-16 clash with Juventus next year.
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There are a growing number of reasons to be positive about the Liverpool loanee, and it comes from Porto themselves.
He has shown glimpses of cementing a place in Sérgio Conceição’s first-choice XI and his long-term aspirations will be to usurp either Oliveira or Mateus Uribe in the midfield pecking order.
There is still plenty of football to be played this season, and Grujic will want to kick on even further.
He has clocked up 12 appearances for the two-time European Cup winners since completing a one-year loan spell from Liverpool back in September.
His recent form vindicates a shrewd decision from Liverpool’s behalf to avoid selling Grujic in the summer.
It was a period where sales were hard to come by. Instead, Liverpool smartly permitted a loan deal, with no purchase clause.
Liverpool are in control of his future, with his current deal running until 2023.
The loan is finally beginning to look like a clever play from sporting director, Michael Edwards because at this rate, Liverpool will get back a stronger and better player for next season and beyond.
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