Liverpool media round-up: Marko Grujic set for medical, trio could return for cup tie

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A selection of the latest stories in the media involving Liverpool Football Club this Monday morning.

Liverpool are expected to complete the signing of teenage midfielder Marko Grujic from Red Star Belgrade, according to the Liverpool Echo, with the Serbian to undergo a medical on Merseyside today ahead of a £5.1 million move. 

The midfielder will then spend the rest of the season on loan at Red Star, having already agreed a five-year contract with Liverpool.

The Daily Telegraph reports that the intervention of Reds boss Jurgen Klopp has been key in luring the midfielder to Anfield, who will link up and compete for a place in the Reds side from the summer onwards.

Away from transfer stories, Liverpool suffered defeat at the hands of West Ham United at Saturday lunchtime, which clearly irked Klopp after the poor display followed two wins over the festive period.

The Reds return to action pretty swiftly when they take on Stoke City in the first leg of the League Cup semi-final at the Britannia Stadium tomorrow night, and Klopp insists there is no 'physical problem', though the side has its fair share of injury problems.

He's quoted in the Liverpool Echo, saying: “Sure it is intensive, but physical problems come when you get tired in the mind, then the body follows.

“Nobody today was tired. We were fit enough to go 93 minutes, so that is not a problem. Again, the game woke us up.”

The same Echo report states that Jordan Henderson, James Milner and Daniel Sturridge all have an 'outside chance' of featuring against the Potters having been sidelined recently through injury - while some younger players could feature in the Friday night game against Exeter City in the FA Cup.

Another report from the Liverpool Echo updates on the fitness of Jon Flanagan - who is continuing his comeback from a succession of injuries that has kept him sideline since May 2014.

Flanagan had a run out with the under-21 side against Fleetwood Town, playing 30 minutes, and he is scheduled to play no more than 45 minutes today as he continues to build up his fitness.

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