Following a difficult, injury-ravaged first season at Liverpool, Marko Grujic could end up on loan in year two. Or at least that’s what Croatia First League club Dinamo Zagreb are hoping, with a top club advisor revealing that he is already working to secure the 20-year-old’s services for next season.
“I wanted to bring in Andrija Zivkovic [from Benfica] this summer for five million,” Zdravko Mamic, the club’s former director, told Blic this week. “I failed, so now I’m trying to get Marko Grujic on loan from Liverpool FC, a former player for Red Star, to help the club”
Grujic has recently returned to action with Liverpool’s reserves, and he played a full 90 minutes against Chelsea in a U23 match earlier this week. As such, there still appears to be a chance that the young midfielder could work his way back into the first team picture at Anfield this season.
If he does that, and if Liverpool return to Europe next season, it’s likely there would be enough minutes for him to stay at the club and a solid case for doing so. After missing nearly an entire season at a key stage in his development, though, getting those minutes will be key next year.
If, for whatever reason, manager Jürgen Klopp thinks he won’t see more than limited action, and especially if he remains with the U23s for the remainder of the current season, then there might be a case for sending him out in search of playing time and, if that happens, Mamic might just get his wish.