Liverpool are reportedly considering including Marko Grujic in a swap deal next summer, which would see him leave Liverpool after five years with the Merseyside club.
The Serbian was Jurgen Klopp’s first signing as Liverpool boss when he joined in January 2016, although he stayed with Red Star Belgrade on loan until the end of the season.
In the time since, the midfielder has failed to ever really establish himself as a first-team player with the Reds, having made just 16 appearances for the first-team, in which he has contributed one goal and one assist.
In an interview with Anfield Watch, Sky Sports reporter Fabrizio Romano has suggested that:
“Marko Grujic, I’m told, could be involved in some possible swap deals next summer if Liverpool have some good opportunities to add in midfield or in defence.
“He could be an interesting player to offer so they will try to do something smart again, as they have previously with the Diogo Jota deal for example.”
Therefore, it seems likely that the 24-year-old could depart Anfield in the summer, after what has been an extremely underwhelming spell with the Merseyside club.
Grujic has spent each of the last four seasons on loan, spending time with Cardiff City, Hertha Berlin and FC Porto in that time, suggesting that his five years with Liverpool have been something of a nightmare for the young midfielder, as he has never really been able to settle and force his way into the starting XI.
He is currently with the Portuguese side and has endured a pretty poor season so far, averaging a disappointing 6.46 rating for his performances in the Liga NOS, with the majority of his appearances for Sérgio Conceição’s side coming from the bench.
Therefore, it seems unlikely that the Serbian international is going to return and become a first-team regular under Klopp, so offering him out in a swap deal could be the ideal way for Michael Edwards to get rid of the midfielder, who reportedly earns £25k per week at Anfield, in a decision that would bring an end to his five-year nightmare stay with the Reds.