Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp has tipped 21-year-old midfielder Marko Grujic to make the breakthrough at Anfield.
Grujic joined Liverpool from Red Star Belgrade in 2016, and made eight first-team appearances for the Reds during the 2016-17 campaign.
The midfielder was also involved in Liverpool’s preparations for the new season, but has only made one brief substitute appearance in the Premier League this term.
Instead, Grujic has been playing his football for Liverpool’s Under-23 side – featuring in three of their six Premier League 2 games thus far this season.
Klopp has revealed that he has big plans for the three-time Serbian international, who will continue to feature for the Under-23s as he develops as a player.
Klopp told Liverpool’s official website:
“A couple of weeks ago we had an in-house game at Melwood and the manager spoke to me and said Marko has made big strides but maybe nobody has seen that because it’s not visible, so he wanted him to play for the U23s when the opportunity arises, and feels it is important for his development.
“I have to say, the games that Marko has played for us, he has done very well in. You can see he is a top-class player and what I like about him, and I’ve not been in his company too many times, is he is a very humble boy.
“He listens and he asks you questions. He has got a really good attitude and he is a good boy to work with, and if we can help him get closer to the first team then that’s our job.”
Inter Milan, Chelsea, Juventus and AC Milan were all said to be interested in Grujic before Liverpool secured his services from Red Star Belgrade.
Klopp’s side will return to Premier League action next weekend with a home game against bitter rivals Manchester United.