By Harvey Byrne
Liverpool Under-23s manager Michael Beale believes that young midfielder Marko Grujic has a “really bright future” at the club.
The 20-year-old midfielder agreed to join the Reds in January and he was immediately sent back on loan to parent club Red Star Belgrade before joining up with the Merseyside outfit in the summer.
He has linked up with the club’s Under-23s as well as making two substitute appearances and a start for the senior side in the new campaign and Beale believes he will have a big future in the team.
“We welcomed Marko Grujic into our squad as he gained a valuable 90 minutes against United,” said Beale on the official Liverpool website. “I was really impressed with Marko, with his stature, his composure in possession and he provides a real threat with his passing. He also has a real eye for goal and was really unfortunate not to score on one or two occasions. I remember a fantastic block to stop him scoring and he also had a header and a long-range effort in the second half.
“Marko is a player you can see has got a really bright future at Liverpool. I only met him the day before he was coming into our squad and I was so impressed with him. He is such a really nice boy and I have to say, all of the senior boys who have come down to our squad this season have been absolutely outstanding with their attitude and hard work.”
For Grujic to break into the first team he faces fierce competition from senior midfielders Adam Lallana, Jordan Henderson, Georginio Wijnaldum and Emre Can.
Lallana, Henderson and Wijnaldum have been the favoured midfield trio in Jurgen Klopp’s line-up in the new campaign and they have impressed so far.
The Merseysiders are currently sat in fourth place with 17 points from their first eight matches and they sit two points behind league leaders Manchester City going into the weekend fixtures.
In other Liverpool team news, Philippe Coutinho and Roberto Firmino have been selected as part of Brazil’s squad for their upcoming World Cup qualifiers.