The Liverpool fans in Transfer Tavern are still reeling from their crushing 4-1 defeat to Spurs at the weekend but news of young midfielder Marko Grujic’s all-conquering display for the club’s U23s on Monday night will help improve the mood on Merseyside.
The former Red Star Belgrade youngster has only played thirteen minutes of Premier League football in substitute appearances this year- including Sunday’s loss at Wembley- and is unlikely to break into Jurgen Klopp’s regular starting lineup anytime soon. The only time he has featured from the start came as the Reds were dumped out of the EFL Cup by Leicester City and that competition is perennially used by top clubs to field their fringe players so to exit prematurely has meant opportunities for Grujic and others- such as Dominic Solanke- are very limited.
However, the Serbian delivered a terrific performance in a Premier League 2 clash with Man United as his goal contributed to a 3-1 success over their arch-rivals. And, as well as showcasing his vast array of technical skills, he demonstrated a commitment and a tenacity to overcome an illness in order to play in the contest which should enthuse the Anfield faithful. Perhaps the first-team could benefit from the 21-year-old’s determination amidst a poor run of form?
With that in mind, here’s how the Reds’ fans reacted to his performance online…
— Ross Piper (@rpiper14) October 24, 2017
Time to give Grujic a run out this weekend.
— Mr Kippers (@Spiderchoc) October 24, 2017
Play Grujic over Henderson anyday anytime. Give this young lad, straight 5games. Anything wrong in that.
— Shonibare (@WTFAmaan) October 24, 2017
Looks like Grujic has improved. Dominant performance https://t.co/rC6896a4ow
— Nikhil (@_nikhil8) October 24, 2017
Always been a fan of Ejaria and Ojo. And Grujic should definitely be given a chance in the first team.
— Johnny Magrinho (@JohnnyMagrinho) October 24, 2017
Grujic should have a placement in the senior team.
— kizza ashiraf (@ashiraf7) October 24, 2017
in almost 2season for this lad He's been extremely under utilised by Klopp all bcuz he's now 21! He needs more 1st team games! BenchCan
— joe Martin (@joeMart05925822) October 24, 2017
Yes Grujic i always want this boy playing
— Muhammad Pratama (@CrumpJr92) October 24, 2017
Grujic is better than Kroos and Modric together.
— Misha Parker (@MishaLFC) October 24, 2017