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Liverpool Demand €40m For This Out Of Favour Midfielder: Should The Reds Let Him Leave?

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Abhinab Ghosh
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According to sources close to ESPN FC, Atletico Madrid are plotting a move to secure the services of Liverpool midfielder Marko Grujic during the upcoming summer transfer period. The same report also mentions that the Reds are set to demand €40m for the Serbian talent. ESPN has also claimed that Diego Simeone’s side are looking to sign Grujic to replace Rodri who is on the radar of Manchester City.

Grujic’s Loan Spell In The Bundesliga

The Serbian international is currently playing on loan at Hertha Berlin where he has enjoyed a mixed campaign thus far. Grujic has managed to put in some dazzling displays in the Bundesliga since joining the Berlin outfit last summer. The 23-year-old has featured in 20 matches for Pál Dárdai’s side this term, scoring four goals while providing one assist in all competitions.

Grujic came through the youth ranks of Red Star Belgrade before joining Liverpool at the start of 2016. However, he has failed to prove his worth at Anfield and was a subject of limited game time on the pitch.

His loan spell at Hertha has considerably raised his stock, so it is no wonder that the Merseyside club are valuing him at €40m.

Grujic’s Playing Style Does Not Suit Liverpool

The fact remains that Grujic doesn’t fit Jurgen Klopp’s style of play at the red half of Merseyside. The Serbian workhorse is strong, powerful and athletic as a midfielder but one can argue whether he is mobile enough to play for the Reds. Grujic is in a very similar mould to Emre Can so it won’t be a surprise to see Liverpool part ways with him in this off-season.

It is also worth noting that Grujic has a contract at Anfield that runs until the summer of 2023 so the Merseyside outfit would be under no pressure to sell unless their asking price gets matched.

Should Klopp Part Ways With Grujic?

Klopp should consider cashing in on the ex-Red Star Belgrade talent this summer, but if Liverpool does not receive an offer that meets their valuation of the midfielder, then they would be better of sending Grujic out on loan again with the hope that he can improve and come back as a better player next year.

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