Liverpool have already signed Marko Grujic from Red Star Belgrade in January then loaned him back again as part of the deal. I just wanted to have a look to see who he actually was….!
He is tall and very comfortable on the ball and with a good range of passing.
He has recently been dubbed the ‘new Matic’ back in his homeland because of his likeness in both appearance and position to Nemanja Matic of Chelsea. Some say that’s a good thing…!
Versatile and adaptable?
However, the 19-year-old has the skills and shooting ability to play be further forward, which he has to some success this season.
He is very versatile and adaptable which has made him one of Europe’s most sought-after teenagers.
He is very tall and strong so he’s great at aerial duels. He has excellent vision, a great passing game and he possesses great game intelligence.
But Zeljko Paunovic, who coached Serbia U20s to World Cup glory in New Zealand earlier this year, believes Grujic is actually more effective when played either as a winger or in the No 10 role. “He is a good lad with great mentality,” he said. “He’s not a born leader, but he’s not afraid to play big games.
“I would like to go and play in England. I love the atmosphere in the stadium, and how the fans are close to the pitch, and how that energy transfers to the players,” Grujic told a Belgrade journalist in October.
The way Liverpool are set up i think he is much more than a regular playmaker or attacking midfielder. He would be better suited as a playing in a midfield 3 either 4-3-3 or diamond.