The Liverpool Echo reported today that Liverpool are hoping to win the signature of highly rated Red Star Belgrade midfielder Marko Grujic.
The reputable Liverpool paper also reported that Liverpool have already held positive talks with the Serbian midfielder and hope to wrap up the deal in January for a fee of £5million. James Pearce explained that the midfielder is now a Liverpool target because he caught the eye of Klopp’s right hand man Zeljko Buvac who has been closely monitoring the midfielder for a while now.
Marko Grujic was born in Belgrade on the 13th of April 1996 and began his football career in the Red Star Belgrade youth system.
The midfielder progressed through the ranks at Red Star Belgrade and even captained their youth sides on plenty of occasions. Grujic made his professional debut on the 26th of May 2013 in a Serbian SuperLiga match against Vojvodina. He then attempted to progress his career further by playing simultaneously for Red-Star and FC Kolubara up until 2015.
There was speculation this year that Grujic would be leaving Red Star Belgrade to get more playing time and experience elsewhere, but a move never materialised.
Grujic has broken on to the scene at Red Star Belgrade this season and especially impressed in games against Vozdovac and Cukaricki. The 19-year-old scored his first goal for the first team in a game against Novi Pazar earlier this season and has so far went on to score 5 goals in 19 league appearances this season.
The youngster has developed himself into a fan favourite at Red Star Belgrade while he has also grabbed the attention of plenty of top clubs across Europe such as Inter Milan, Roma and Chelsea, so Liverpool will have a fight on their hands to win the signature of the talented midfielder. This attention from across Europe has come as no surprise to Belgrade boss Miodrag Bozovic who stated that:
“Marco Grujić is the leader of this team, he pulls us forward”.
The Serbian can play as a central or attacking midfielder while his preferred foot is his right which he relies on for his accurate passing and his fearless long shots on goal. Grujic is composed, calm in possession and shows great vision and football intelligence while he also works very hard for his team.
Grujic isn’t letting the links to clubs such as Liverpool distract him from his football at Red Star Belgrade as he told the media,
“I’ll try to respect the club, the fans and the general public, but again I think that for myself I have to choose the best environment where I get the chance to play and where I work with good coaches in good conditions. It is certain that I remain here until the end of qualifying for the Champions League.
I had a talk with Liverpool but I did not receive yet any agreement. I’m still a Red Star player”.
Sarah Fitzpatrick, Pundit Arena