Liverpool fans react to Marko Grujic's Hertha Berlin performance

Liverpool fans with banners on the Kop celebrating their European trophies  during the Premier League match between Liverpool FC and Chelsea FC at Anfield on April 14, 2019 in Liverpool,...

Marko Grujic is shining again in the Bundesliga - but can he make his mark at Premier League leaders Liverpool under Jurgen Klopp?

Marko Grujic of Hertha BSC (15) celebrates after scoring his team's first goal  with Salomon Kalou during the Bundesliga match between 1. FSV Mainz 05 and Hertha BSC at Opel Arena on...

Liverpool fans might have thought Marko Grujic had missed the boat at Anfield.

The first signing of the Jurgen Klopp era on Merseyside, Grujic has made just eight Premier League appearances in almost four years as a Liverpool player.

And after returning for a second season on loan at Hertha Berlin over the summer, you’d be forgiven for wondering whether the former Red Star Belgrade wonderkid was set to fritter away his contract and leave on the cheap after barely making a scratch on the first team surface.

But although the highly-rated midfielder is not in Klopp’s plans right now, that could change very soon.

(THE SUN OUT, THE SUN ON SUNDAY OUT) New signing Marko Grujic of Liverpool is unveiled at Melwood Training Ground on January 6, 2016 in Liverpool, England.

The veteran James Milner is out of contract next summer and it feels unlikely that Adam Lallana will still be a Liverpool player by the time the 2020/21 season kicks off. So a place could open up at the heart of Klopp’s midfield sooner rather than later and Grujic is proving over in Germany that he deserves a chance to step up to the plate.

If there is one criticism of Liverpool’s midfield, it’s a lack of goals. Grujic, however, has scored two in four Bundesliga starts already this season with his latest, a bullet header against Mainz after a late run into the box, reminiscent of Steven Gerrard in his barnstorming pomp.

Grujic’s Liverpool career isn’t over. It’s only just beginning.

Marko Grujic of Hertha BSC Berlin celebrates after scoring his team's third goal during the Bundesliga match between FC Augsburg and Hertha BSC at WWK-Arena on May 11, 2019 in Augsburg,...

 

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