Jurgen Klopp, despite all of his side’s success this season in keeping themselves in the Premier League title race, has had a real dilemma with his midfield trio. The Reds go with a 4-3-3 system but have lacked a midfielder with the creative nouse to provide their front three with ammunition, and as Naby Keita continues to flop, the answer could be Marko Grujic.
The Serbian midfielder is midway through a season-long loan with Bundesliga side Hertha Berlin and is thriving at the Olympiastadion. Whilst his parent club have experimented with Keita, Georginio Wijnaldum and Xherdan Shaqiri as their creative outlet in the midfield trio, the obvious option is Grujic, and Klopp should refrain some forking out another £50 million like he did on Keita until testing the water with the Serbian.
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— Hertha Berlin (@HerthaBSC_EN) 5 March 2019
Hertha Berlin are obviously appreciative of their Liverpool loanee given the above tweet, and if the Reds want to keep him at the club and test him then they’ll need to give him a chance to shine. It looks like the Bundesliga club would snap him up in a heartbeat if given the chance, and at the age of 22-years-old, the young ex-Red Star Belgrade creator could have an impressive career in Germany.
The perfect balance in Klopp’s midfield three will come when they can mix a workhorse box-to-box player with a creator and a defensive midfield destroyer. Wijnaldum has the box-to-box role nailed on with his unrelenting engine and ability to help out at both ends of the pitch whilst Fabinho is arguably the best defensive midfielder in the Premier League, leaving just the creative void to fill.
Most fans have pinpointed the sale of Philippe Coutinho as when this issue appeared, and that would make sense given his ability to make things tick. However, the answer now that the Brazilian is gone may not have to involve throwing millions at a shiny new foreign player, but promoting their loanee and talented Serbian to a role in the squad that he obviously has the talent to fill. It’s a prove move for Klopp to try, but if it works out it would save the Reds millions.
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