Liverpool must axe midfielder Marko Grujic this summer as Jurgen Klopp looks to rebuild a title-winning squad.
What’s the story?
According to German outlet Berliner Kurier, Klopp wants to get rid of the 25-year-old talent over the upcoming transfer window, opening the door to a permanent exit.
Grujic has been with the Reds since signing from Red Star Belgrade in January 2016. The Serbia international made just 16 appearances in all competitions, though, enjoying loan spells at Cardiff, Hertha Berlin and Porto.
Klopp surely buzzing
With Liverpool’s reign as Premier League champions last just a single season, their enigmatic German manager has already begun preparations to wrestle back the Anfield outfit’s crown.
Highly-rated centre-back Ibrahima Konate has already arrived on Merseyside in a £34 million deal. However, with key midfielder Gini Wijnaldum expected to depart imminently and attacking reinforcements required, the Reds may have to offload some fringe players before making any more moves.
Two of the 6 ft 2 powerhouses’ previous clubs are reportedly interested in acquiring his services on a permanent basis.
Hertha Berlin and Porto are said to be keen on Gruijic, with Liverpool’s director of football Michael Edwards understood to have set an asking price of around £12m.
The German outfit wanted to buy the box-to-box midfielder last summer, but the report claims Liverpool refused to sell the Belgrade-born player. Twelve months on, though Liverpool have made Porto aware that Grujic is available after he made 39 appearances for the Dragons last season.
Any addition to Klopp’s transfer budget would be greatly welcomed by the 53-year-old tactician as he looks to bring the sport’s biggest stars to Liverpool on a limited budget.
The pandemic has affected every club’s finances, and many will find themselves having to generate money through player sales in order to secure their top targets.
Selling the likes of Grujic this summer will be a logical solution to the financial barriers Liverpool face, and this latest revelation will surely please the club’s supporters as they look for Klopp and Edwards to get the club back in the hunt for major honours.