Marko Grujic doesn’t know his place at Liverpool. The 24-year-old admits that he’s confused about exactly what they want from him.
Marko Grujic certainly doesn’t have a solid place at Liverpool right now. He’s on loan at FC Porto, for one thing, but he’s never actually had a run in the side.
This is despite being the first signing of the Jurgen Klopp era, all the way back in January 2016. Grujic is still on the books but still can’t say he’s had a Liverpool career five years on.
So how do Liverpool see him? Well, we’d do well to guess because Grujic himself isn’t exactly clear on it all.
“In every conversation, be it with [Jurgen] Klopp or one of the directors, they always remind me that I am a player of great potential,” he told Kurir. “But when I get into the system I don’t get a chance.
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“It confuses me a little.”
Grujic did say that he ‘believes that they believe’ in him. Exactly where that gets him, though, isn’t clear.
The 24-year-old also feels that the £20m Liverpool wanted for a transfer ‘was unrealistic’. As a result, he’s in Portugal on loan but will return to Anfield at the end of the season.
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We’ve never been sure what Grujic’s place was, either. Injuries certainly haven’t helped his career but it seems like a great spell in Germany didn’t, either.
Grujic earned praise from all corners for his displays at Hertha BSC. They did earn him a move to Porto, of course, but we never got the impression Liverpool were that interested in him
Five years in, it certainly feels as though Grujic has no long-term place with Liverpool. We’d be shocked if they decided to keep him as a first-team player next season, for instance.
Instead, there will likely be another attempt to move him on. It’s not exactly fair on Grujic who hasn’t had a stable club for years now.
But at the same time, that’s the nature of top level football. Hopefully, he can have a clear place somewhere before long.