If you find yourself searching for Marko Grujic photos in a Liverpool image database, don’t be discouraged if you aren’t presented with many options. The Serbian midfielder was Jürgen Klopp’s first signing for the club back in 2016 but Grujic never found a place in the side and has spent more time on loan than at Melwood. I don’t know if that statement is actually true, but it feels true. And that’s the point.
After a successful loan spell in the Championship with Cardiff City, this season Grujic has been honing his craft in the Bundesliga for Hertha Berlin and from the player’s perspective the football has been going well. He’s playing matches. Grujic is feeling so at home in Berlin that he hopes to stick around for awhile.
Asked whether he’d be leaving Hertha Berlin any time soon, Marko was optimistic at the prospect of keeping his current party rolling.
“I hope not! Because I feel very comfortable in Berlin,” said Grujic.
”Hertha gave me the great opportunity to play in the Bundesliga.
“I’m still pretty young, for me this time at Hertha - with the exception of injuries - has been brilliant so far to show my qualities.
“Ultimately, it’s not up to me. But if I could choose myself, I would stay with Hertha for another year, or maybe even two years, to make a very good name for myself by improving all my qualities. And that’s only possible if you play in every game.“
It’s seems likely that Grujic will eventually find a new permanent home away from Liverpool. It’s not often that a player returns from a trip on the loanee merry-go-round to suddenly make a difference to a team of Liverpool’s calibre.
But Grujic is still only 22-years-old and is contracted to Liverpool until 2023. So, maybe Klopp is content with Grujic developing elsewhere and patiently observing until he makes an official verdict.
Grujic is undoubtably becoming a better footballer by playing regularly in the Bundesliga but, if you’re not playing well enough to warrant some new photos on the database, are you actually playing well at all?