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Marko Grujic subbed after 23 minutes as barren Porto spell continues

If anyone had a right to be feeling worse than all of us connected with Liverpool following their historic fifth consecutive home defeat, it certainly would be Marko Grujic.

The 24-year-old left Anfield last summer in an attempt to reinvigorate his career in the Portuguese top-flight.

So far, during a season-long loan with FC Porto, things haven’t really worked out for Grujic.

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In fact, his one-year sabbatical from Anfield reached an all-time low on Wednesday night during a cup defeat to Braga.

Grujic, who has clocked up just three league starts under Sérgio Conceição, had a rare chance to impress from the first XI, but was subbed off after just 23 minutes after Porto conceded twice inside the opening 15 minutes.

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With the reigning Portuguese champions scrambling for ideas and a quick-fix, Grujic was quickly picked out as the sacrificial lamb.

Naturally, Porto supporters vented a large chunk of their frustration at Grujic following the 3-2 defeat on Wednesday – who has become an easy target for criticism in recent weeks.

One fan even went as far as to label the Liverpool star, alongside Malang Sarr and Felipe Anderson as “three of the worst loans in history.”

Grujic joined Porto with the hope of establishing himself as a first-team player at a European renowned club, fighting for the Primeira Liga title and remaining competitive in the Champions League.

Unfortunately, Grujic and Porto, too, have fallen horrendously off the mark.

Ironically, he has been given less game-time abroad than he would have if he chose to remain at Anfield. Given Liverpool’s injury crisis this season, it’s likely Jurgen Klopp could have turned to him for a chance to showcase his quality, either in defence or midfield.

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Instead, he has been limited to just 299 minutes of domestic league action all season.

Indeed, the Reds are expected to part ways with Grujic, who was Klopp’s first ever signing as Liverpool manager, this summer. The worry, though, is that it’s hard to see where the interest is going to come from following such a barren run of form.

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