Speculation in the English media this weekend suggests that Liverpool are finally ready to sanction a permanent departure for midfielder Marko Grujic.
24-year-old Grujic was the first signing of the Jurgen Klopp era at Liverpool, making the move to Merseyside from boyhood club Red Star Belgrade for a fee of around £5 million.
However, his tender years, coupled with the competition for places at Anfield, have since seen Grujic go on to manage just 8 Premier League appearances for the Reds.
The all-action midfielder has been farmed out on a quartet of loans, the latest of which saw Grujic return to the Bundesliga for a 2nd season with Hertha Berlin last summer.
And, after impressing during his debut campaign at the Olympiastadion Berlin, Grujic since went on to play an integral role in Hertha’s midfield ranks once again this time around.
The Serb earned starts in 29 of the German outfit’s 34 Bundesliga fixtures, notching 4 goals in the process, including the below-linked opener during a Man of the Match display versus Champions League semi-finalists RB Leipzig following the restart:
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Imminent Reds exit?
Despite Grujic’s starring displays for Hertha, however, it has, for some time, remained altogether unclear whether Jurgen Klopp actually has any plans to integrate the 24-year-old into Liverpool’s ranks in the middle of the park.
Klopp currently has all of Jordan Henderson, Gini Wijnadum, Naby Keita, Fabinho and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain to call on, meaning carving out consistent minutes for himself at Anfield next season would likely prove a struggle for Grujic.
And, as outlined above, if the latest word in the media this weekend is to be believed, then such competition looks set to result in Grujic’s time on Liverpool’s books finally being brought to an end this summer.
As per a report from the reliable Neil Jones of Goal, the Reds ‘believe a third temporary move would not be in the player’s best interests.’
As such, those in charge of transfer at Anfield are ready to sanction a permanent sale.
As things stand, it is Hertha, where Grujic spent the last two seasons, who are viewed as the front-runners to clinch a deal.
The midfielder, valued at around £20 million, is also attracting interest from fellow Bundesliga outfits Eintracht Frankfurt and Borussia Monchengladbach, though.
In the Premier League, Crystal Palace are understood to have made contact with Grujic’s agent, whilst Aston Villa view the Serb as an alternative target to Bournemouth’s Philip Billing.
Hertha Berlin are leading the race to sign Liverpool midfielder Marko Grujic, valued at around £20 million ($26m) 🤑
All the details from @NeilJonesGoal 👇
— Goal News (@GoalNews) August 21, 2020
This article was edited by Josh Barker.
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