The question of who would be Jürgen Klopp's first official signing as Liverpool manager is set to be answered on Monday when Serbian youngster Marko Grujic arrives at Melwood for his pre-signing medical. The deal has been rumoured to be in the works for weeks now, but is now all but confirmed after the player arrived on Merseyside on Sunday in order to complete this last part of the transfer puzzle.
"On January 4, I will become a Liverpool player," Grujic plainly wrote on his Facebook page, leaving no doubt as to his intentions about his future. Liverpool are signing Grujic from Red Star Belgrade for a cool £5.1m but will receive £730,000 back as a loan fee to allow the player to finish out the season with his current club before moving to Merseyside in the summer.
For those hoping Liverpool's first signing would be someone who might shore up an injury-ravaged squad at an intensely busy point in their season, you'll have to wait a little longer. Liverpool have been connected with a variety of other players coming into the transfer window period, but so far none have helpfully confirmed their movies on social media.
Fans will be eager to see the first rewards reaped by Liverpool in the transfer window due to the "Klopp effect" and though Grujiic won't be joining the squad immediately, the Liverpool Echo reports that Klopp becae personally involved in convincing the youngster to move to Liverpool despite both Zenit St Petersburg and CSKA Moscow making significantly higher bids for his services.
Convincing a young kid to take a chance on a club that has a well reputed youth system is one thing, and convincing an established player of high quality to come to Liverpool is quite another. But Grujic's transfer bodes well for the Klopp Whisperer's ability to sell his Liverpool project to up and coming talent, and suggests he might just be able to do the same for other, more proven talent.