Having blocked a move to Cardiff City for the coming season in the hopes he could win a first team place at Liverpool, 22-year-old midfielder Marko Grujic now finds himself down the pecking order and on the outside of the first team picture as the season starts.
And now it appears Liverpool may be scrambling to find him a new home to avoid risking his development stalling by having him stuck in the reserves, with Leeds United linked with a move for Grujic—but said to not be overly eager to sign the promising youngster.
Instead, their preferred target is Everton’s Mo Besic and reporters with ties to the club believe Grujic is only a fallback option because Liverpool have begun actively approaching clubs in the hopes of finding the player a suitable loan destination for the coming season.
Given he spent the second half of the last one in the Championship with Cardiff, a return there for 2018-19 is less than ideal, but if the club are now actively shopping Gruijc to Championship sides, it seems clear he has no place in Liverpool’s first team this season.
Despite that, the club are believed to see Grujic as a potential regular for next season—but as he will be entering the final year of his current deal at that point, they are trying to get the player to sign a new contract now to avoid another potential Emre Can situation.