COMMENT By Emma Sanders
Liverpool must start Marko Grujic in Sunday’s FA Cup third round tie against Plymouth.
The 20-year-old joined up with the Reds in the summer after he was bought for a £6 million fee in January 2016, before extending his time with Red Star Belgrade in a six-month loan spell.
The Serbian is a versatile midfielder who has shown huge potential in his native country and has excelled in the Liverpool academy under Jurgen Klopp.
Grujic was a regular feature during the pre-season campaign and he made an impression on the Liverpool fans with his darting, powerful runs from midfield.
He possesses similar qualities to those of fellow teammate Emre Can and he has the potential to become a great box-to-box midfielder for Liverpool.
However, the youngster has made just five appearances under Klopp and his last appearance was a one-minute cameo in the 2-0 victory over Leeds in November.
Grujic has struggled to push ahead of youngsters Kevin Stewart, Ovie Ejaria and Can in the pecking order but following the performance against Sunderland, it’s crucial Klopp provides other midfielders with a chance to impress.
The midfielders produced a lacklustre performance in the 2-2 draw against Sunderland, Can in particular, so Klopp should start Grujic against Plymouth and give the youngster an opportunity to show why he can provide another option in the first team squad.
Klopp seemed hesitant to make changes on Monday, suggesting he does not yet have full faith in Stewart so Grujic could force his way into selection.
Lucas could be on his way out in January too so a spot in the first team squad could become available and Grujic should be one of the youngsters in line to step up.
In other Liverpool news, this is the expected XI v Plymouth.