Where is Marko Grujic? What has he been up to? After some promising preseason performances, Grujic has had to watch the opening matches of the season from the bench. We’ve seen his fresh face of awe on occasion when witnessing the spectacular on the pitch. But, the young midfielder hasn’t managed to wrestle any starting positions away from the veteran first-teamers. This is expected, though. We knew this. Grujic is young and will be learning from the team in training and absorbing manager Jürgen Klopp’s techniques and philosophy. But, there’s good news. There’s always good news. This week, Marko was able to procure some much-needed game time with Liverpool’s under-23 team.
Grujic played ninety minutes in the match against United and under-23 manager, Michael Beale, who’s been getting his name in the papers regularly these days, tip of the hat, pat on the back, was effusive in his delight with the Serbian starlet’s performance and attitude.
“I was really impressed with Marko,” said Beale, “with his stature, his composure in possession and he provides a real threat with his passing.
He also has a real eye for goal and was really unfortunate not to score on one or two occasions.”
Good signs. Grujic is a player who wants to get forward and score. He also plays with his head up so that he sees opportunities for his teammates to score. And he’s pretty tall, so I imagine it’s a bit of a bird’s eye view. There’s a video I saw where a camera was strapped to a hawk or an eagle or something and you witness what the bird sees from way up in the sky. This is what Marko Grujic sees when he surveys the pitch ahead of him. Fact.
But, it’s not just skill that is impressive about the budding midfielder. Beale also highlights the player’s disposition as an important asset to have on the road to first-team football.
“Marko is a player you can see has a really bright future at Liverpool,” Beale said. “I only met him the day before he was coming into our squad and I was so impressed with him.
He is such a really nice boy and I have to say, all of the senior boys who have come down to our squad this season have been absolutely outstanding with their attitude and hard work.”
Marko Grujic may be behind others in the team for a spot on the roster at the moment, but his time will come. And all evidence on this young man, as Beale says, points to a bright future.