There was a lot of interest in Marko Grujic after one particular Champions League display for FC Porto, accoridng to reports. Liverpool have some deciding to do.
This comes from the Liverpool Echo. They claim FC Porto still want Marko Grujic this summer after his loan spell last season. Liverpool may sell the player, too.
Grujic had a strange time with Porto. He went there with a lot of promise after impressing for Hertha BSC over a two-year spell but completely floundered to begin in.
He started the year with just one start in two months, in fact. And that one start was in a defeat against SC Braga that saw Grujic subbed after 23 minutes.
At that point, the entire deal looked like an absolute disaster. Grujic rebounded, though. He started both legs against Chelsea in the Champions League quarter-finals and was a regular over the final few months.
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It’s no surprise, then, that Porto would like to keep him – they certainly found a use, eventually.
But they’re not the only interested party. The Liverpool Echo’s piece claims Liverpool were ‘inundated with inquiries’ after Porto knocked out Juventus in March.
Now, we find that strange if it’s true. Grujic only played the final 24 minutes in the first leg and then didn’t get on until stoppage time in the second. We’re not sure why teams saw that and wanted a piece.
If teams liked the look of him after 63 minutes of a 1-0 win at Chelsea, though, we’d understand. Maybe that’s a mixup on the Echo’s part? Either way, it sounds as though Liverpool have some deciding to do.
Grujic to Porto?
We don’t see an obvious future at Anfield for Grujic. You can argue that Gini Wijnaldum’s departure opens up a spot but he’d still be behind six or seven players.
It makes more sense to see how much teams are willing to pay this summer. Especially at a time when Liverpool reportedly have to sell in order to buy.
Grujic only turned 25 in the last month or two, so there’s still potential there. He’s got Champions League experience, too, and has proven capable of adapting to several countries.
Altogether, he holds considerable value for a player Liverpool have never really used. That, coupled with the reported interest, should drive up his price.
And if it does, this will surely be the end of Grujic’s time with Liverpool.