Jurgen Klopp has given Marko Grujic assurances that he remains a part of his long-term plans despite the 23-year-old heading to Hertha Berlin on loan for a second successive season, according to the Guardian.
Brighton, Frankfurt, Werder Bremen and Atalanta were all interested in signing Grujic on loan for the upcoming season, but the talented Serbian, who was Klopp’s first signing for the Reds, chose to go back to the German capital.
Marko Grujic will remain with @HerthaBSC on loan for the 2019/20 season.
Good luck for the new season, Marko.https://t.co/zRj9JmEURO
— Liverpool FC (@LFC) July 1, 2019
Grujic believes Hertha suit his style of play and he impressed there last season, with coach Pal Dardai, who has now departed the club, calling him the best midfielder Hertha possessed in two decades.
Despite Klopp’s assurances, it would take some level of performance to break into a Reds midfield packed with depth and quality.
The likes of Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Naby Keita will be needing to impress if they are to start the season in the side, which shows just how many options Klopp has to pick from.
At this moment in time, it’s hard to see how Grujic can break into the side, but the fact the club has sanctioned another temporary switch suggests there is still hope for him. He certainly has quality.
Time will tell as to whether he can impress enough to make a real impact at Anfield from next summer onwards, but it’s good to see that he’ll be given every chance.