Young Marko Grujic has made a quietly impressive start to life on Merseyside…
The 20-year-old Serb was officially signed back in January, but didn’t arrive until this summer where he put in some eye-opening displays during pre-season.
Against Derby County midweek, Grujic made his full debut, putting in a solid performance which illustrated both his strength and technical skills.
Grujic knows he must get even stronger though, while suggesting that his best position is in fact in a midfield three, just ahead of the holding player.
“When I came from the Serbian league, I didn’t really do a lot of defensive things,” Grujic told the ECHO. “I know that. The coach here wants me to do more in defence. He has said that. I am trying to work on those kind of things, and adapting to those demands.
“Everyone knows that the Premier League is of the highest standard. It’s very fast, very physical, especially for young players.
“The key thing is that I continue to work in the gym, to work on the physical side of my game.
“I see myself in the position I played against Derby,” he continued. “We had Lucas behind, with me and Hendo further forward. That’s my best position in midfield.
“Those players help me in every single training session. They have many, many games in their legs so it is important to listen to them and learn from them.
“During training sessions I am always speaking with Hendo, with Lucas, with Dejan Lovren who has really helped me to settle in.
“You have to learn from these experienced players. I am still learning, and I can improve every aspect of my game, but I am in a good way at the moment.”
You can see that Klopp is buying and moulding players who fit perfectly into our current 4-3-3 set-up.
By turning Jordan Henderson into an anchorman, he wants two central midfields either side who can provide both defensively and offensively and inject physicality into the centre of the park. That’s why he signed Gini Wijnaldum who has started every Premier League game so far and you can see stylistically that Grujic is not entirely dissimilar to the Dutchman.
Liverpool have been drawn at home to Spurs in the next round of the EFL Cup, so we imagine Klopp would choose a team pretty close to full strength – even if our Champions League opponents do not. Grujic will therefore do well to get selected, but we hope to see him again soon.
He’s a serious talent.