Liverpool midfielder, Marko Grujic, will likely seek a loan deal in January in hopes of getting more playing time, according to the player’s agent, Zoran Stojadinovic. Grujic was one of the first players Klopp brought to Anfield when he took over as manager in 2015, but the Serbian international has spent most of his Liverpool tenure with Neil Critchley’s U23 team.
While both Klopp and Critchley have voiced their support for Grujic’s development, the player and his agent are both keen to see more playing time in 2018. Grujic’s agent spoke with Serbian newspaper, Blic, about what he’s looking for (and what he’d like to avoid) in terms of a loan.
"Grujic has to go somewhere in January in a loan, [to a] team where he will play,” Stojadinovic said. “It must be an English club, so as not to make a mistake like Lazar Markovic did.”
Markovic, who also struggled to see first team action after he arrived at Liverpool in 2014, has spent most of his time since then on loan in Turkey and Portugal before returning to England on a loan to Hull City in 2017.
"Had Lazar been my client, I would never [have] advised him to leave England. He changed the country, the style of football, the temperament, the climate, and therefore his return to Liverpool was an impossible mission.”
It’s clear that both Stojadinovic and Grujic see a future for the player at Anfield, however, and that a January loan would just be a way to help Grujic get there.
"He is very much appreciated in Liverpool and therefore he did not go anywhere because they did not want to let him go,” added Stojadinovic. “But he needs more minutes in the field and that's why the loan is the best solution for him in January [so he can] return to Liverpool after his return to the starting line."