Liverpool have scrapped plans to send Marko Grujic back to Red Star Belgrade for the rest of the season and are instead set to add him to Jurgen Klopp’s ranks for the remainder of 2015/16, according to reports from Alo.
The 19-year-old midfielder is set to be officially unveiled as a Reds player today after a fee of £5.1m was agreed with his club – a five-year contract has also been settled upon with the teenager.
It was expected that Grujic would see out the remainder of the campaign in his homeland to help Red Star’s push for the league title and make his move to Liverpool ‘proper’ over the summer ahead.
But, reports now claim that the Merseyside club have gone back on this and are instead looking to make Grujic available to Klopp for the rest of the campaign by paying close to £1m on top of the aforementioned agreed figure.
The club are believed to be worried about a risk of injury to youngster due, in part, to the condition of pitches in Serbia, while a lack of depth in midfield at Anfield could be a factor – Lucas’ performance against West Ham on Saturday was roundly criticised.
This move could leave the door ajar for Joe Allen to move on in the coming weeks.