By Harvey Byrne
Former Liverpool academy graduate Neil Mellor has hailed current youth starlet Marko Grujic, calling him a standout player in the Under-23s.
The 20-year-old midfielder made his return in the Premier League 2 on Monday evening against Reading following a hamstring injury suffered in November.
He completed 60 minutes as the young Reds ran out an emphatic 5-1 victory over their Berkshire counterparts with goals from Joe Gomez, Adam Phillips and Ben Woodburn alongside a Rhian Brewster double.
It was Grujic’s return which caught the attention of Mellor before the game and the now turned football pundit praised him as a player of massive potential.
“Grujic is obviously a standout player, a more senior player,” told Miller to LFCTV on Monday evening.
“We brought him in for a few quid in the summer. He’s a very talented young player with lots of potential. We saw little bits of him in pre-season and we were excited to think what might be for him in a Liverpool shirt.
“Unfortunately for him he’s had an untimely injury. It’s come about for him in his first season when he’s still trying to settle into Liverpool. It’s a huge football club from what he’s used to. It’s a different culture. The fact that he’s come over to England and experienced the Premier League and what’s expected over here, so he is still in that settling in process and the injury has certainly brought him back.
“Tonight, it’s about getting that fitness and trying to impact the game, but getting through the game because between now and the end of the season there could be a chance for someone like Grujic to play a part in the Premier League.”
Grujic joined Liverpool in the January 2016 winter window from Serbian outfit Red Star Belgrade for a fee of £5.1million.
He was loaned back to his old side for the remained of the season before making his senior debut for the Reds in a 2-0 defeat against Burnley in August.
The youngster has since featured four more times in the first team and Liverpool fans will now be keen to see much more of him.
The Reds’ next match sees them face the Burnley at Anfield and while that match is likely to come too soon for Grujic, he could still play a big part this campaign with Jordan Henderson currently out injured.
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