Now this is a bold statement. New signing Marko Grujic is “completely confident” that he will adapt to the Premier League within three months of his arrival.
Liverpool signed the 19-year-old midfielder from Red Star Belgrade in January before loaning him back to the Serbian SuperLiga leaders for the rest of the season.
Grujic will link up with Jurgen Klopp’s squad in the summer and is in no doubt about whether he will be able to handle the step up to the English top flight.
“Some people are sceptical and say that the Premier League is really hard,” he told Serbian website Blic. “I am completely confident, and I hope that I will completely adapt after three months or so.”
Many before him have tried and failed. Just look at Grujic’s Serbia colleague Lazar Markovic, who encouraged his compatriot to join Liverpool despite his own troubles adapting.
But Grujic hopes to be one step ahead because of the individual training plan which he has been given by the Reds to ensure that he is in physical shape for the Premier League.
“The players in Liverpool are phenomenal, so I have to work on improving my physical strength,” he added.
“The upcoming six months will be very important for me. I will have a lot of work to do in addition to my trainings and games at Red Star. I have to become strong enough because I want to be able to go into a duel with anyone. Even with top players.
“Players are really strong in the Premier League. Liverpool players looked physically flawless. Wide shoulders, and strong legs. Everything is on the highest level.”
Grujic is certainly not short of self-confidence, which can be both a blessing and a curse. I for one am looking forward to seeing whether he lives up to his own hype.
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