He may have been farmed out on loan, but Marko Grujic has been backed to make a massive impact at Liverpool next season.

And there has even been suggestions that Reds boss Jurgen Klopp views the midfielder part of his long-term plans.

Grujic has yet to start a Premier League game since becoming Klopp’s first signing as Reds boss in January 2016.

The Serbia international, who was 22 on Friday, has been on loan at Cardiff City since January and has played a key part in taking the Bluebirds to the brink of promotion from the Championship.

Grujic has appeared in 13 out of 16 games since moving to South Wales, although he was an unused substitute in Saturday’s 2-0 win at Norwich City that moved Neil Warnock’s side within nine points of the Premier League.

Marko Grujic of Liverpool holds up the ball against Crystal Palace at Anfield
Marko Grujic of Liverpool holds up the ball against Crystal Palace at Anfield
(Image: John Powell/Liverpool FC via Getty Images)

Dejan Lovren has been keeping tabs on his Liverpool team-mate and believes Grujic has improved his first-team chances at the Reds by temporarily dropping down a division, writes the Liverpool Echo.

“I’m really glad for Marko that it is going well at Cardiff and hopefully they will be in the Premier League next season,” said Lovren.

“He hadn’t been playing here and is still young so I think it was the right decision for him to go to Cardiff to get some minutes on the pitch.

“I saw his goal against Barnsley and I’m really happy for him that he is doing well there.”

Lovren, talking in Liverpool’s matchday programme, added: “Going from the Serbian league to Premier League was a big step for him so I think the first year-and-a-half was about adaptation.

“Hopefully he will be fine for next season to play a big role here because I know the manager is thinking about him for the future.”

LEAVE A REPLY

Please enter your comment!
Please enter your name here