• Kick-of
  • LocationBelgrade - Serbia
  • PositionMidfielder
  • Squad Number16
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Marko Grujic has become Jürgen Klopp’s first signing as Liverpool manager after sealing a move from Red Star Belgrade on January 6 2016.

Grujic’s football education began in the Red Star academy, where he spent eight years learning his craft before making a first-team debut against Vojvodina at the age of 17 in May 2013.

In 2014, he was sent out to Serbian First League side FK Kolubara on loan, and picked up four months’ worth of valuable experience before returning to his parent club.

Back in Belgrade, the midfielder established himself as a first-team regular over the course of the 2014-15 season, as he and his teammates claimed a second place in the Serbian Superliga.

Grujic’s progress was recognised with a place in his country’s squad for the FIFA U20 World Cup last summer, and he played a key role in their eventual victory in the competition, making five appearances in the finals.

A change of manager at Red Star prior to the new season kicking off then saw the his importance grow domestically, with Miodrag Bozovi placing faith in the youngster by putting him in central midfield.

 

Despite his tender years, Grujic has evidenced an ability to control matches with his physical presence and dictate play during an incredible 2015-16 campaign, where he played a key part in Red Star winning the league title. An ideal send off as he leaves Serbia to join up with his LFC teammates. Grujic finished the season with 29 appearances, 6 goals, 7 assists and was voted into the SuperLiga Team of the Year for his contribution to Red Star’s unbeaten season.

Marko  joined up with the Liverpool squad ahead of a pre season tour of the USA in the summer of 2016. He has made a very impressive start to life in Liverpool red, having scored 2 goals in the early pre season games, against Fleetwood and Huddersfield. It promises to be a very good first season for the young midfielder. 

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