Liverpool have completed the $7.5 million signing of Serbian teenager Marko Grujic, with the midfielder signing a long-term deal at Anfield.
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Grujic, 19, will be immediately loaned back to his current club Red Star Belgrade for the remainder of the season and will link up with the Reds full-time ahead of the 2016-17 campaign.
The move for Grujic has been well publicized in recent weeks and although his father had claimed he was holding Grujic’s passport, as he wanted him to remain in Belgrade, the deal has been sealed and here’s what the talented youngster had to say after visiting Liverpool’s facilities.
“I’m very excited and so proud to be here and a member of Liverpool Football Club. I can’t wait to get started, play at Anfield and train at Melwood,” Grujic said. “I was thinking about my progress in my next period and decided it was good for me to come here and try to be the best I can. I want to play in front of one of the loudest set of fans in Europe at Anfield. I also like the atmospheres at other stadiums, the crowds are very good. I like to play under pressure and that’s why I’ve come here – because it brings out the best in me.”
Jurgen Klopp has plenty of experience in nurturing top young talent and there’s no doubt that Grujic is one of the hottest young properties in Europe after he starred for Serbia’s U-20 team during the FIFA U-20 World Cup triumph last summer.
Klopp described Grujic — his first signing as Liverpool boss — as “a tall boy, but quick and good at technical things. He can play passes and can dribble.” He also said that Liverpool’s scouts showed him videos of Grujic when he arrived as manager and everyone was eager to seal the deal.
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After making his debut for Red Star at 17, Grujic has gone on to become a regular with the Serbian giants and has scored five times in 21 appearances this season.
A tall, technical central midfielder capable of scoring goals… remind you of any former Liverpool midfielders? Steady on, but check out the video below for some Steven Gerrard-esque goals and passes. Grujic certainly looks very well rounded for a 19-year-old.