Ever since the famous Busby Babes of Manchester produced a side in the 1950s that won everything on their path, it has been a dilemma for the ages for every football manager, youth or experience. Any football manager who has tasked the challenges of handling a team and succeeded in bringing in the reins has faced the problem of choosing youth over experience or vice versa.
Most managers have a definite style of management and regardless of the club they go to, they stick to their philosophies and try to implement their style on the club. Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp is one such man who backs himself and his ideas. The tall, imposing German introduced the world to his heavy, metal football with a group of youngsters who have gone on to become world beaters now.
His crafty architecture established a platform of great productivity for the young players at Borussia Dortmund. Players like Mats Hummels, Robert Lewandowski, Mario Gotze, Shinji Kagawa, Marco Reus, Nuri Sahin, Ilkay Gundogan were inducted to Klopp’s first team as nothing but promising youngsters and are now expensive world-class players spreading magic throughout Europe.
The normal one, now managing at Liverpool, intends to repeat his tactics. His focus on youth remains consistent with the Merseyside club giving platforms to many a youngster to showcase their talent.
One such player who was brought in by Klopp was Marko Grujic. Dubbed as the “new Nemanja Matic” for his tall, commanding figure and his quiet yet effective presence on the pitch, Grujic is one player who is still waiting to kick off his career at Liverpool. The 21-year joined Liverpool during the 2015-16 season and the box to box midfielder was sent back on loan for the rest of the season and had to wait till the next season to make his Liverpool.
Since then, he has only played 12 games for the club, spending the second half of the recently concluded season out on loan at Cardiff City. He played more often for the Bluebirds and now that he has returned to Liverpool, he again faces the prospect of sitting on the bench week in week out. It will hamper his progress and he is perhaps deserving of more game time, given the fact that he adds certain steel to any midfield and along with his good range of passing, can be an asset to any side.
Therefore, new reports which claim that Fulham are interested in signing the Serbian, may well see him move to the Cottagers. Grujic is a part of the Serbian team headed for the 2018 edition of the FIFA World Cup and should he play well, Liverpool might charge more for him. Therefore with only a couple of days to go for the tournament, Fulham should look to secure his services and add some strength as they prepare for a season in the Premier League.