Jürgen Klopp: Why I made Marko Grujic my first Liverpool signing
JURGEN KLOPP believes he has bought a big talent in Marko Grujic after making the midfielder his first signing at Liverpool.
Jürgen Klopp has made Marko Grujic his first signing
The 19-year-old today completed a £5.1m move from Red Star Belgrade but will spend the remainder of the season on loan at the Serbian club.
Starsport understands that Klopp personally met Grujic to persuade him to move to Anfield over joining Chelsea or Inter Milan while the Reds also saw off bids from Stuttgart, Anderlecht, Zenit St Petersburg and CSKA Moscow.
And Klopp believes Grujic has a bright future ahead of him.
Facts you should know about new Liverpool signing Marko Grujic
Born: 13 April 1996 (age 19) Height: 1.91m Position: Midfielder Started his footballing education at Red Star Belgrade as a very young boy Made his first-team debut for the club at the age of 17 in 2013 Went out on loan to second division side Kolubara for part of 2014 Cemented his place in the Red Star first-team last season Has so far netted five goals in 21 appearances this campaign Was part of the Under-20 Serbian team that won the World Cup, beating Brazil in the final in June His style of play has been compared to Reds legend Steven Gerrard Has also been compared to Chelsea's Nemanja Matic He wears the No. 8 shirt for Red Star As well as being capable defensively, Grujic is noted for his attacking prowess He is the son of a football journalist Grujic has previously said he wants to play football in England
“He’s a good boy, a young boy but plays an important role at the moment at Red Star, who are the best team in Serbia”
Klopp said: “We’re very pleased because Marko is a big talent and we’ve seen him a lot of times.
“When I came here, our scouts showed me some footage of a very skilled player from Red Star Belgrade.
"We watched it, we spoke to him, we met each other – he’s a good boy, a young boy but plays an important role at the moment at Red Star, who are the best team in Serbia.
“To describe him, I would say he’s a tall boy, but quick and good at technical things. He can play passes and can dribble.
"But he is young, so he has to develop. He will do this, so everything is okay.”http://www.dailystar.co.uk/sport/football/485732/J