Marko Grujic was Liverpool’s first signing of the Jurgen Klopp era.
Marko Grujic isn’t giving up on his Liverpool career it seems.
The Serbia international has re-signed for Hertha Berlin on loan in the Bundesliga after his spell in the German capital last season was soured by injury, making only 22 appearances.
Gruijic, who only turned 23 in April, was Jurgen Klopp’s first-ever signing as Liverpool manager and the big midfielder is confident that a good season back in Germany can open the door for him at Anfield in the long term.
He said to Bild: “My contract at Liverpool runs until 2023. We [he and Klopp] both saw it in a similar way: I only managed to make the most of 50 per cent of my opportunities in Berlin. Minor injuries knocked me back.
“It’s another reason why I didn’t want to leave. I have unfinished business at Hertha. He also found that it is better for my development to stay in the Bundesliga for another year.”
He continued: “I always realise that I belong to such a big club and it’s where I want to be. If I play 34 very good games for Hertha, the chance to be a true Liverpool player next year is great.”
He might have ambitions to be in Klopp’s senior squad soon, but the reality is that there’s a deluge of quality midfielders who are well ahead of him in the pecking order and he just wouldn’t kick a ball.
Grujic, who stands at 6’3, has a lot of skill and power to offer in Liverpool’s first team, but he needs experience of playing regularly in a major European league first and, hopefully, this stint with Hertha can give him it.
He was signed from Red Star Belgrade in January of 2016, a few months after Klopp was appointed as Brendan Rodgers’s replacement on Merseyside.
He has managed only eight Premier League games since then.