The Liverpool fans in the Transfer Tavern were feeling bitter-sweet following their 1-1 draw with Premier League rivals Chelsea on Saturday evening.
Liverpool and Chelsea shared the spoils after a very evenly-matched encounter last weekend in a result that left both sides feeling as if they had missed an opportunity. Mo Salah’s 65th-minute goal looked to have handed Liverpool a vital 3 points in their race to achieve a top-four finish this season, but Willian’s fortuitous lob in the 85th minute ensured the spoils were shared between the clubs.
One notable side story emerging from proceedings was Marko Grujic’s continued absence from Jurgen Klopp’s match-day squad.
The highly-promising youngster’s omission led to the publishing of a report in Serbian media outlet Sportskacentrala in which Grujic was encouraged to seek a loan move away from Anfield in January.
Liverpool’s 21-year-old Serbian midfielder has effectively been frozen out of Jurgen Klopp’s plans since his arrival from Red Star Belgrade in June 2016.
Grujic arrived at Anfield in January 2016 with an impressive CV that suggested the then 19-year-old possessed the potential and talent to succeed in the English top-flight.
However, the Serbian who has already been capped 4 times by his national side has failed to break beyond the fringes of the first-team and stamp his authority on Merseyside.
Considering Grujic’s quiet beginning to his spell at Anfield and the level of competition for places in Liverpool’s central-midfield, he should be looking for a transfer away from the club in January.
The imminent departure’s of Coutinho and Can that are widely predicted to go through in the coming months should do nothing to cloud Grujic’s judgement regarding his future.
If the aforementioned players do indeed leave the club, there is no doubt that Klopp will be seeking proven replacements to fill the void instead of promoting Grujic to the first-team.
Klopp has shown no indication that he wishes to expose the 21-year-old to the first team since his arrival despite the lingering doubts over the future of his central-midfield players.
The signs are damning for Marko Grujic so he must force through a move in January to salvage his stuttering career.