Marko Grujic could yet have a long-term future at Liverpool after reports suggested that the club see his value doubling over the next few months.
Football Insider reported that the Reds’ recruitment team expect the value of the 23-year-old, currently on loan to Hertha Berlin, to rise from £20m to £40m by the second half of this season.
According to Football Insider, Liverpool still have high hopes for the Serbian midfielder and have been playing close attention to his development during his loan spell in Germany.
Grujic was Jurgen Klopp’s first signing at Liverpool back in January 2016, but he has only made 14 first-team appearances for the Reds and been loaned out to three different clubs, with his last appearance for the Reds coming all the way back in 2017.
He has established himself as a valuable presence in Hertha Berlin’s team over the last number of months, scoring five goals in 23 appearances last season and netting twice in eight matches so far in the current campaign.
His return of seven goals from 31 matches (0.23 per game) since the start of 2018/19 is better than any of the midfielders currently at Anfield.
Georginio Wijnaldum’s return in that period is six goals in 59 matches (0.1 per game), Naby Keita has three goals in 36 games (0.08 per game), Jordan Henderson has one goal in his last 55 matches (0.02 per game) and Fabinho’s record is one goal in 53 games (0.02 per game). Neither Adam Lallana nor Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain have scored since summer 2018.
Grujic has impressed with more than just his goalscoring return, though. His all-round game has been solid, with match averages of 1.7 shots, 44.3 passes, 2.6 successful aerial duels, 1.1 successful tackles and 1.4 interceptions, with a passing success rate of 80.3%. [via WhoScored]
His figures for aerial duels, interceptions and shots per game are better than any of Liverpool’s current midfielders this season, while he also trumps Henderson for passes per game (33.9) and passing accuracy (78.5%). [via WhoScored]
The Serbian may still need to improve his ball distribution if he wants to become a regular in the Reds’ midfield, though, as Wijnaldum (91.8%), Fabinho (87.2%) and Milner (87.1%) have all had higher passing success rates this term, as did Keita last season (88.5%).
While ball distribution is an area where Grujic can certainly improve, he should add a greater goal threat from Liverpool’s midfield if he is given a chance by his parent club next season.
Also, he has shown in Germany that he is able to win possession for his team frequently, and his figures suggest that he has a well-rounded midfield skill set.
With the likes of Keita, Lallana and Oxlade-Chamberlain all having substantial injury troubles, Grujic definitely has a case for inclusion among Klopp’s midfield options once he returns from Hertha Berlin.
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