Jurgen Klopp outlines long-term plan for Marko Grujic after Liverpool midfielder rejoins Hertha Berlin on loan

Marko Grujic has returned to Hertha Berlin for the 2019-20 season (Picture: Getty)

Marko Grujic has rejoined Bundesliga side Hertha Berlin on loan next season but he remains part of Jurgen Klopp’s long-term plans at Liverpool.

The 23-year-old midfielder became Klopp’s first signing at Anfield when he joined in a £5m deal from Red Star Belgrade in January 2016, however, he has made only 14 appearances since.

Grujic spent time on loan with Cardiff City in the Championship during the 2017-18 campaign before joining Hertha Berlin for the 2018-19 season where his performances caught the eye.

Hertha’s former manager Pal Dardai claimed last season that Grujic was ‘the best midfielder I’ve seen in my 22 years at the club’ and his successor Ante Covic was keen to retain his services.

Jurgen Klopp still sees Marko Grujic as part of his long-term plans at Anfield (Picture: Getty)

Grujic scored five goals and registered one assist for Hertha Berlin in the Bundesliga last season and the club have paid Liverpool £2m to re-sign him with an extra £500,000 in add-ons.

Although the Serbia international has struggled to establish himself at Liverpool since his arrival, Klopp reportedly sees him as a first-team option for the 2020-21 season.

Both James Milner and Adam Lallana will be out of contract at Anfield next summer and Grujic could be primed to take one of their positions in Klopp’s squad.

Liverpool have been quiet so far this transfer window with 17-year-old Dutch defender Sepp van den Berg the club’s only new addition.


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