West Brom must target a loan move for Liverpool’s Marko Grujic

According to the BBC, Liverpool midfielder Marko Grujic rejected a second loan spell with Premier League new boys Cardiff after helping the club to promotion last season, and now West Brom should see if they can tempt the Serbian to help with their own promotion push.

What’s the story?

Grujic signed for Liverpool in January 2016 but completed the season on loan with his former club Red Star Belgrade before linking up with his new teammates in the summer of 2016. Last season, the 22-year-old was sent on loan to Neil Warnock’s Cardiff in January to gain more first team experience.

The central-midfielder made 14 appearances for the Bluebirds in total as they pipped Fulham to second in the Championship, achieving automatic promotion as a result. His 6ft 3in frame and combative style earned him a massive five bookings in that time, but also meant he was effective in the physical division.

Marko Grujic in action for Cardiff against Brentford

Grujic is also a full international, with eight caps for his native Serbia. The youngster was also included in the World Cup squad this summer in Russia but didn’t make an appearance off the bench.

Left out

Having rejected Cardiff to stay at Liverpool, Grujic will have been disappointed to not have been included on the bench during the 4-0 win over West Ham at Anfield and this could change his mind about a temporary switch away.

With the loan window still open for Football League clubs, West Brom boss Darren Moore should aim to persuade Grujic to drop down a division again as he could be the perfect partner for Jake Livermore.

Left-midfielder Chris Brunt has been filling in at the heart of the Baggies midfield so far this season but has struggled to keep pace with the league. A move to the Hawthorns then would give Grujic the game time he needs to develop and would also plug a key gap for Moore as they look to bounce straight back to the Premier League.