Grujic: what Klopp told me before Hertha Berlin move

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Jurgen Klopp marketed Hertha Berlin as an ideal environment for Marko Grujic to continue his development in prior to his summer move.

The Serbian midfielder recently joined the Bundesliga club on a season-long loan deal in search of another dose of regular first-team football.

Grujic spent the second half of last season on loan at Cardiff City, helping the Bluebirds earn automatic promotion to the Premier League.

He had been tipped to re-join Neil Warnock’s side, but that move was later ruled out as Liverpool and Grujic opted to consider other options.

The 21-year-old was also subject to a loan offer from Serie A side Torino, but he and the club decided Hertha Berlin would be the right move after receiving assurances over his playing time.

He told Hertha’s official website: “I spoke to him (Klopp) yes, he said it’s a really good club for young players to develop. Of course, if I have the chance to play I will give it my best.”

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Whilst a chance to play in the Premier League would have been invaluable to Grujic, Klopp’s familiarity with German football makes Hertha a logical alternative.

A spell in Berlin may also be more useful in getting Grujic more time on the ball, with Cardiff’s style of play last season occasionally bypassing him in midfield.

Grujic will again be striving to compliment his raw athleticism and physicality by enhancing his decision-making and tactical discipline as he vies for a future on Merseyside.

Liverpool’s decision to hand him a new contract before his departure is evidence the club strongly believes he is capable of securing a place in Klopp’s plans.

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