Liverpool are closing in on the signing of midfielder Marko Grujic

By Coral Barry

Sergi Canos and Marko Grujic staked their claim for the Liverpool first-team next season with two excellent displays for their respective loan clubs.

Canos, 19, has spent his campaign at Brentford, while 20-year-old Grujic returned to his previous club Red Star Belgrade for the remainder of the season when Liverpool signed him in January.

The promising youngsters were both on the scoresheet today and enjoyed special afternoons as Canos ended his season on a high and Grujic was given the Red Star armband as his time with the club nears its conclusion.

Brentford humiliated Huddersfield 5-1 in the final game of their campaign on Saturday and Canos took just 20 seconds to take his goal tally to eight in 41 appearances in all competitions.

Canos has also grabbed five assists for his teammates including one against Huddersfield and it is an excellent return for the winger who has made a majority of his appearances from the Brentford bench.

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His time with the Bees has inspired manager Dean Smith to suggest he is ready for the Liverpool first-team and make an interesting Dele Alli comparison.

Midfielder Grujic has also garnered praise for his performances as he has helped Red Star wrap up the Serbian Super League.

It is a record 27th league title for Red Star and it was reported that the youngster only agreed to join Liverpool in a £5.1million deal if he could return to realise his dream of winning the title with his boyhood club.

Grujic and his side are currently playing their home games behind closed doors after being hit with a three-game crowd ban because of supporter violence in last month’s derby with bitter city rivals Partizan.

Red Star lost 3-1 against Vojvodina on Saturday, but Grujic capped off an impressive personal performance with a stunning solo goal.

That strike means Grujic has picked up seven assists and six goals in just 27 league appearances for Red Star.

The two youngsters will return to Liverpool in the summer to be assessed by Jurgen Klopp, who will be looking to make changes to his Reds squad in his first transfer window as manager.

In other Liverpool news, one coveted youngster is on the verge of a move away from Anfield.