Neil Warnock insists he remains confident of re-signing Marko Grujic amid uncertainty over the player’s next step.
Grujic worked under Warnock at Cardiff City over the second half of last season and has been linked to a second loan deal following the club’s promotion to the Premier League.
The Serbian made 14 starts for the Bluebirds after Liverpool introduced a clause in his deal designed to inflict financial punishment on Cardiff if he didn’t receive the game-time that was required.
Though his form fizzled out towards the end of the campaign, Grujic proved a useful addition to Warnock’s squad and has since been targeted to bolster Cardiff’s slim midfield cohort.
What first looked to be a straight forward return to the Welsh club recently took an uncertain twist when Warnock slammed Grujic’s agent for pursuing more money elsewhere for his client.
Despite the difficulties, the Cardiff boss remains hopeful that an agreement can be reached.
Discussing Grujic after Friday’s 1-1 draw with Torquay, he told reporters: “We are always optimistic – you’ve got to be at my age,” per the Express.
“It’s one of those things. We were a bit thin on the ground tonight in that area without Aron Gunnarsson as well. We have to make sure we get someone in in that position.”
Grujic only returned to Melwood on Friday having been granted an extended break following his involvement at the World Cup with Serbia.
The 22-year-old has been named in the 29-man Liverpool squad that will compete across the USA in the International Champions Cup pre-season tournament over the next week.
Cardiff’s more direct style of play may be of contrast to Liverpool’s approach, but the Welsh side offer a valuable opportunity for Grujic to enhance his tactical discipline and decision making under the guile and experience of Warnock.
Regular minutes in the Premier League is an offer that can’t be refused if he is intent on playing in the top flight for Liverpool one day.