Liverpool have strengthened themselves significantly in summer recruiting two central midfielders in Fabinho and Naby Keita. But that has not stopped Marko Grujic from aiming a long-term future at Anfield despite his willingness to stay and succeed in Bundesliga for the time being, a report from Liverpool Echo suggests.
The 22-year-old Serbian is rated highly by Jurgen Klopp who acquired him from Red Star Belgrade ( for £5.1m) a couple of years back. However, the youngster found his game-time limited in a star-studded Liverpool squad whereas injuries disrupted his progress despite impressing in pre-season. Grujic was sent out on loan to Championship side Cardiff City last winter and played a key role in gaining Premier League promotion defying odds.
He was once again chased by the Bluebirds chief Neil Warnock this term on a season-long loan, but the player preferred a switch to Hertha Berlin after signing a new contract in Merseyside that stretched his stay until summer 2023. Although he had a strong start in the German capital, an ankle ligament injury forced him to remain on the sidelines for weeks. But he is now back in business and once again featuring in the centre of the pitch, mostly as double pivot alongside teenage sensation Arne Maier.
Hertha, currently placed eighth in Bundesliga standings, are pretty much in contention to secure a place in Europe which, however, would allow Grujic to have a longer stay beyond this season.
“In the long term I would like to prevail at Liverpool. But If we qualify for the Europa League with Hertha, I see a good chance that I will stay one more year.”
Stated the player while being interviewed by SportsBild.
Grujic seems to be enjoying his football at Hertha and wants to build an impression once settled in new surroundings. He would be having a monumental task to secure a starting role ahead of Keita, Fabinho, Georginio Wijnaldum, James Milner and skipper Jordan Henderson but has always been in Klopp’s good books who rates him highly for his vision, composure and ability to orchestrate the tempo. The Serbian sensation should concentrate on his game in Germany and return more matured as a player and prepared to compete at the pinnacle of English football.