Liverpool are ready to keep hold of midfielder Marko Grujic this summer, amid speculation over his short-term future at the club.

According to Grujic’s agent, Fali Ramadani, the Serbian will remain at Anfield until January at least. GOAL claimed earlier this window that Hertha Berlin and Aston Villa are both interested in signing Grujic.

Speaking to German outlet Kicker, Ramadani confirmed Grujic is going nowhere, for now. “Liverpool want to keep Marko. That could change in January at the earliest.”

This means that Grujic is now set to stay with Jurgen Klopp’s side beyond the close of the transfer window next month. He now has the chance to break into the first-team squad and make an impact in the Premier League.

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ANFIELD WATCH VERDICT  

The central midfield positions in Liverpool’s side are stocked with excellent players and it could be tough for Grujic to force his way into the side. He currently has the likes of Jordan Henderson, Fabinho, Gini Wijnaldum, Naby Keita, James Milner and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain ahead of him in the pecking order.

However, his statistics from last season – on loan to Hertha Berlin – do suggest that he could have the potential to make his mark. Grujic averaged a WhoScored rating of 6.94 in the Bundesliga, which is higher than Fabinho, Oxlade-Chamberlain, Wijnaldum managed in the Premier League and on-par with Keita. Henderson was the only Liverpool midfielder to beat him, with an impressive score of 7.15 for the skipper.

This shows that Grujic does have the quality to excel at Liverpool if given the chance, provided he can carry his form from last season over to the current one. He scored four Bundesliga goals, but it was his defensive effort which impressed as he racked up 3.4 aerial battles won per-game. Fabinho topped Liverpool’s midfield brigade in this category with 1.5 won per-game last season, less than half as many as Grujic.

So, if he is able to bring that form into the current season and displace any of Liverpool’s current starters, this decision could be an exceptional call from Klopp. Of course, it is now down to Grujic to repay the faith the club is showing him and prove he is up to the task.

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