Liverpool supporters have been reasonably satisfied in the Transfer Tavern over the weekend after seeing their side draw 1-1 at home to Premier League champions Chelsea on Saturday, even if the result saw them slip outside the division’s top four.
Jurgen Klopp’s men went into their clash with the Blues off the back of letting slip a three-goal lead to draw 3-3 with Sevilla in the Champions League in midweek, yet they looked set to get back to winning ways as former Chelsea man Mohamed Salah gave them the lead midway through the second half. However, the Merseyside giants were unable to hold on to a precious three points as Willian’s floated effort sailed over the head of goalkeeper Simon Mignolet five minutes from time to secure a point for Antonio Conte’s men, and thus instigate Liverpool’s fall to sixth in the table after Arsenal beat Burnley on Sunday.
Thus, there have been mixed emotions among our resident Liverpudlians in the Tavern this week, and they are likely to be intrigued by a recent report from Blic, which details some interesting and potentially significant comments from the agent of Liverpool midfielder Marko Grujic.
The 21-year-old made the move to Anfield back in 2016 but has since struggled for first team football under Klopp, earning only 13 senior appearances for the Reds, totalling just 327 minutes of action.
And with just five first team appearances so far this term, only one of which has been a start, the Serbia international could well be on the move in January, which is something that his agent certainly appears to be pushing for.
He said: ‘Grujic has to go somewhere in January in a loan, in the team where he will play.
‘It must be an English club, so as not to make a mistake like Lazar Markovic did.’
And these comments are sure to intrigue our resident Reds supporters, many of whom are likely aware of Grujic’s potential, but ultimately know that he is unlikely to command the first team football he needs in the second half of the campaign.
Landlord’s verdict: It hasn’t quite worked out for Marko Grujic at Liverpool, what with the midfielder only making 13 first team appearances for the club since making the move to Anfield back in January 2016.
And with a World Cup on the horizon with Serbia, the 21-year-old knows that regular football is needed both to make the squad and indeed a difference at the finals in Russia, and that is something his agent is certainly pushing for.
Yet Reds boss Jurgen Klopp may consider the uncertain futures of Emre Can and Philippe Coutinho before sanctioning a loan deal for Grujic in January, so the young midfielder may have to wait and see what the second half of the season holds.
Liverpool fans… what do you make of the news? Let us know!
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