The Reds midfielder, on loan at Hertha Berlin and reportedly contracted to Anfield until 2023, has suffered a second injury setback in quick succession.

Liverpool midfielder Marko Grujic is expected to be out until the New Year after suffering another injury setback at loan club Hertha Berlin.

According to a statement on the Bundesliga club’s official website, the 22-year-old damaged ligaments in his left ankle after a training ground challenge last week.

As a result, Grujic is expected to miss out on Hertha’s remaining games before the winter break, a deflating update as he recently returned from another injury.

The Serbia international missed eight games following a capsular rupture in the ankle incurred in September which set him back until November (Transfermarkt).

What’s more, Grujic’s last performance saw him labelled as “by far the best midfielder I’ve seen in my time at the club” by Hertha manager and 22-year stalwart Pal Dardai (official Bundesliga website).

Grujic scored with a header at the Olympiastadion to give Hertha a 1-0 win over Eintracht Frankfurt that lifted the capital club up to sixth in the Bundesliga standings.

Despite not getting much game time at Anfield, Liverpool clearly see a lot of potential in Grujic, given he signed a new contractbelieved by Transfermarkt to be until 2023 – before he went to Berlin.

However, should Jurgen Klopp be feeling alarmed with regards to his two injuries in quick succession?

It’s always a shame when a talented player ends up being on the sidelines often – at Anfield, Daniel Sturridge springs to mind (Transfermarkt) – and there will always be anxiety when, like in Grujic’s case, injuries happen within close proximity to one another.

Liverpool will surely be closely monitoring Grujic’s recovery process and will no doubt be liaising with Hertha to ensure he is fully fit before he returns to action – and from a more pragmatic perspective, they will be eager to ensure they don’t end up regretting having tied him down long-term.

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