Marko Grujic was purchased from Red Star Belgrade for a mere £5.1m before being loaned back to Belgrade to finish the season, where he won the title, was put into the team of the season and finished with six goals and seven assists in 29 appearances, No big deal, he just turned 20.
Give Jurgen Klopp six years and he will turn over talents like this all the time. He made a killing doing it at Dortmund with very low risk, high reward investments like Marco Reus, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, Henrikh Mkhitaryan and many more. Klopp does not often buy high. He buys low and develops and then, from time to time, sells high. It’s a repeatable cycle that leaves the club stabilized and the team on the pitch full of ripe, young, exciting athletes that you may not have heard much of before Dortmund.
Marko Grujic is one of them. Grujic looked like he was going to be headed elsewhere, but Klopp set about making him a top priority, calling him personally and ensuring that he didn’t get away. A midfielder like Grujic, who can literally do it all, does not come around often.
Grujic is a big kid, but he is not lacking in pace. His passing is intelligent and creative and he is a major threat to goal. All of that was on display against Fleetwood Town.
The goal itself was described perfectly by Klopp, who was beaming like a proud father.
“He scored a goal in his first game in the first situation – it’s a dream. You saw it, in a friendly game not often a player celebrates like him but obviously it was a big moment. It was nice to see,” he said, via Sky Sports.
Grujic isn’t even the only Klopp-esque signing that Liverpool will benefit from in the near future. Joel Matip is another who figures to be a massive part of Liverpool’s present and future.
With six years on Klopp’s Liverpool deal, Grujic may be one of the first, but he certainly won’t be the last, Grujic will get another chance to impress Jurgen Klopp and Liverpool fans as he will get more game time against Wigan Athletic later on today.
Written by Diab Ismail (@LFC_Diab)