Peter Krawietz explains why Liverpool are pleased with Loris Karius and Marko Grujic

Marko Grujic celebrates after scoring the first goal for Liverpool

Both players arrived at Anfield this summer.

Marko Grujic celebrates after scoring the first goal for LiverpoolMarko Grujic celebrates after scoring the first goal for Liverpool

Liverpool assistant boss Peter Krawietz has said they are optimistic about the future of Marko Grujic, and are encouraged by what they have seen from goalkeeper Loris Karius so far.

Grujic signed for the Reds in January from Red Star Belgrade but only joined up with them this summer, and scored on his first outing a red shirt in the 5-0 win over Fleetwood Town in a pre-season friendly on Wednesday. 

Most of Liverpool's good work went through the 20-year-old Serbian on Wednesday night during the first half as he won a penalty, which was saved, and rattled the woodwork.

Marko Grujic celebrates after scoring the first goal for LiverpoolMarko Grujic celebrates after scoring the first goal for Liverpool

Krawietz told the official Liverpool website: “He has had a good start and this is the point from where we can start to work with him and develop improvement with him.

“He has the possibility to play in different positions in midfield. He is a young player; he still has to adapt to the Premier League and our style of play.

“We know you need strong players and tall players – a mixture for Premier League football. He has every possibility to adapt quickly.”

Grujic may not be a regular for the Reds at the start of the season, with many thinking that a combination of Jordan Henderson and Emre Can may be Klopp's preferred midfield pairing at the early stage of the season - while another central midfielder may be sought in the transfer market.

However, if he does adapt to life quickly, he can offer the Reds some much needed presence in the middle of the park that has been lacking for a couple of seasons - especially if lined up in the same midfield as Emre Can.

Liverpool's Loris KariusLiverpool's Loris Karius

Karius joined from Mainz for £4.7 million this summer and has played a half in each of the first two pre-season games and has so far yet to concede a goal.

It remains to be seen whether he will start the season as the new first choice goalkeeper, taking the place of Simon Mignolet in the process. 

Explaining why Karius has started well at Liverpool, Jurgen Klopp's assistant added: "A good sign for him that he is really ready to work and identify with the club, to try to improve and adapt quickly to our style of play – all of the things that you need in England as a goalkeeper especially.

“We are very happy that he is here and very happy that we have him in pre-season to work with him.”

Liverpool's Loris Karius warms up before the matchLiverpool's Loris Karius warms up before the match

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