By Emma Sanders
Jurgen Klopp has confirmed Marko Grujic is currently out of action due to a tendon injury and he is at the start of a three-week recovery period.
The 20-year-old midfielder was not in the squad for the 2-2 draw against West Ham on Sunday and he was also absent for the 4-3 defeat against Bournemouth seven days previously.
Grujic joined Liverpool in January 2016 after completing a £5.1 million switch from Red Star Belgrade and he has gone on to make five appearances for the first team so far.
However, Klopp confirmed the midfielder will be out of action until the new year after suffering the latest injury set back.
“It’s kind of where the tendon goes over the muscle, so it is a little tendon injury. They told me it was around three weeks, so he is already on the way back but not yet,” said Klopp, as quoted on the club’s official website.
“When it happened, he trained normally and then afterwards he felt it a little bit. That was the diagnosis and since then he has been out.”
Grujic’s last performance came during the EFL Cup quarter-final victory against Leeds on 29th November when he came on as stoppage time substitute.
He has not started a game since the 2-0 cup victory against Tottenham in October but he was always going to face a battle to get into the side given the level of competition for a starting place.
Giorginio Wijnaldum, Emre Can, Jordan Henderson, Lucas and Ovie Ejaria all stand in his way but the youngster was impressive during the pre-season campaign and could have a bright future under Klopp at the club.
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