By Wayne Veysey

28th Mar, 2019 | 8:01am

Liverpool midfielder hailed by manager as the best in 20 years wants to quit this summer

Marko Grujic has revealed plans to quit Liverpool after his reputation skyrocketed while on loan at Hertha Berlin this season.

The central midfielder has revealed in an interview with Bild he would “love” to rejoin the Bundesliga club in the summer, possibly on a permanent deal.

Grujic has only featured 14 times for Liverpool since becoming Jurgen Klopp’s first signing for the club back in January 2016, and he spent the second half of last season on loan at Cardiff City.

Asked by Bild if his time at Hertha would be over at the end of the season, Grujic said: “I hope not. Because I feel very comfortable in Berlin. Hertha gave me the great opportunity to play in the Bundesliga.

“I’m still pretty young, for me this time at Hertha – with the exception of injuries – has been brilliant so far to show my qualities.

“Ultimately, it’s not up to me. But if I could choose myself, I would stay with Hertha for another year, or maybe even two years, to make a very good name for myself by improving all my qualities. And that’s only possible if you play in every game.

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“My self-confidence has increased due to so much match practice. My defensive behavior has also improved a lot because of the games. And if Liverpool ever wanted to sell me and I could decide, it would be great if Hertha made an offer.”

Football Insider verdict:

Grujic has made a huge impression at Hertha this season despite two serious ankle injuries. Hertha manager Pal Dardai can’t seem to believe his luck in having the 6ft 3in powerhouse (source: Transfermarkt) and has insisted he is in a league of his own when it comes to midfielders who have represented the Bundesliga’s 10th-placed club over the last two decades. “I’ve been at Hertha for 22 years,” he said, as quoted by the Echo. “This isn’t meant as an insult to anyone else, but Marko is by far the best midfielder I’ve seen in my time at the club.” Unsurprisingly, Hertha want Grujic back next season, and the player himself has revealed he is uber-keen. Much depends upon Klopp and Liverpool. Does the manager, who follows the Bundesliga closely and will have been aware of the Serbian’s improvement this season, regard the giant Serb as potential Liverpool first teamer for next season? If not, it’s best that Liverpool cash in on Grujic at a time when his valuation has soared. There must be a question mark over whether Hertha can afford Grujic, who is contracted to the Merseysiders until 2023 and is probably now worth well in excess of £15million.

In other Liverpool transfer news, Michael Edwards is working on a £10million deal to sign a 21-year-old who is the NEXT BIG THING.