According to ESPN, Liverpool have told Atletico Madrid that they can have Marko Grujic – but only if they stump up €40m (£34.6m).
Grujic has only made a handful of appearances for Liverpool, whilst spending time out on loan with Cardiff – who he helped earn promotion – and with Hertha, where boss Pal Dardai described him as the club’s ‘best midfielder in the last 20 years’.
There were absolute scenes on Sunday as Liverpool moved back to the top of the league. Thogden was at Anfield to capture the exact moment in the video below…
He clearly has a lot of potential and is worth keeping around, but if someone meets the Reds’ hefty asking price, should Jurgen Klopp’s side cash in on the 23-year-old? Football FanCast’s writers have their say…
“It would be interesting to see whether Grujic could flourish under Klopp, but if an offer of £40m comes in for the player, they’d be mad not to accept it. Although Liverpool don’t necessarily need the money, the number of midfielders at the club means someone is surely going to have to bite the dust and leave in the summer. Klopp already has a selection headache in midfield and Grujic sticking around wouldn’t help at all. Liverpool should focus on developing Keita instead.”
“Liverpool could be sleepwalking into a colossal blunder by allowing Grujic to slip through the net. Michael Edwards will be salivating at the prospect of making such a huge profit on the promising Serbian but there are plenty of people in high places with glowing opinions on the midfielder. He is a dream long-term replacement for Jordan Henderson but I wouldn’t be surprised if Grujic decides he’s not willing to wait around for an opportunity in Liverpool’s well-stocked midfield. I wouldn’t like to be the man responsible for sanctioning his permanent departure, let’s put it that way.”
“Absolutely, without any shadow of a doubt, all day long and twice on Sunday. Marko Grujic has played 14 times for Liverpool. He’s clearly being sold on the basis of his performances on loan but, if we extrapolate it, Grujic’s performances for the Reds have been worth £2.85m per game. That is an insane rate and the chance to receive £40m for a player who isn’t even in today’s squad is an opportunity too good to pass up. Let’s be honest here, they haven’t done too badly without him, have they?”