Marko Grujic has his head on his shoulders, despite being a full international aged 20 and at one of the biggest clubs on the planet.
Due to the likes of Jordan Henderson, Adam Lallana and Gini Wijnaldum being used centrally, he hasn’t had much of a look in so far, coming off the bench just the once against Burnley in our miserable Premier League defeat to Turf Moor – the only negative result from the season.
Many fans thought he’d play an active role from the beginning of this term due to his excellent performances in the summer friendlies, but the player himself is prepared to wait for an opportunity.
“Red Star is a very, very big club, like Liverpool…but both clubs are like family, and that’s why I chose to join Liverpool,” Grujic told the official website.
“I think there is the same harmony between club and fans and already everywhere that I’ve been around the city I just feel how Liverpool is such a big club.
“All around the world people support Liverpool, that really struck me on the summer tour, and there is incredible harmony between fans and players.
“It was hard in pre-season, especially for me because I have come from Serbia and our work here is at a higher level.
“The running and exercises are harder and I’m still learning, but I’m sure I will adapt. I’m proud that I can work with the staff here and it will be OK.
“For the first season I just want to learn from these guys. I have the big pleasure of playing with some of the best footballers in the world. I want to get some minutes and games to try and improve myself for the future. I think next season will be the one where I show what I can do.”
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We’re not sure when we’ll get to see the Serbian start for the first time, but reckon he might get the nod away to Derby in the League Cup next week. Against Chelsea on Friday, Jurgen Klopp’s team practically picks itself bar one position which Coutinho and Daniel Sturridge are fighting for.
In the cup though our manager might shuffle his pack for the first time, with the likes of Divock Origi, Danny Ings, Alberto Moreno and Loris Karius among those who’ll be hoping for the nod.