Chelsea star convinced this player to sign for Liverpool, hailed them as a big, big club
By Dominic Toner
Marko Grujic has revealed he listened to Nemanja Matic before joining Anfield.
The pair are international team-mates for Serbia and the Chelsea midfielder advised the youngster about the move to Liverpool.
“We spoke a lot during national camps about English football, other players in the Premier League and he told me very positive things,” Grujic told the Liverpool Echo.
“He said it’s faster and stronger football, that I need to be adapt and I need to wait some months before I get my chance. He said when I get it, to make sure I take it. He said that it’s a big, big club – one of the biggest in England.
Grujic completed a £5.1million move from Red Star Belgrade in January and spent the remainder of the season on loan there, before linking up with the Merseyside club this summer for pre-season.
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The 20-year-old has already made a good early impression after scoring in friendly wins over Fleetwood and Huddersfield.
The youngster could feature in the International Champions Cup game against Chelsea on Thursday and line up against his international colleague Matic.
The Serbian recently earned his first senior international appearances after progressing right through the youth set-up at Red Star.
He will face tough competition to earn a starting place in the Liverpool midfield, with senior players James Milner, Jordan Henderson, Emre Can, Lucas Leiva, Philippe Coutinho and Adam Lallana all vying for a starting spot.
Prior to his move to Anfield, Serbian football journalist Vlastimir Stevanovic compared his playing style to the Liverpool great Steven Gerrard on Sky Sports, and the Anfield faithful will be hoping he can emulate some of his achievements with the club.
In other Liverpool team news, manager Klopp has targeted a pre-season cup and demands 100% from his players.