'Writing is on the wall' - Exclusive: Klopp's first Liverpool signing tipped to quit

Alan Hutton claimed “the writing is on the wall” for Marko Grujic to leave Liverpool after failing to establish himself in the first team by 24. 

The former Spurs and Aston Villa full-back, speaking exclusively to Football Insider correspondent Dylan Childs, suggested the midfielder will now want to settle at a new club for both footballing and personal reasons.

Grujic is currently on his second season-long loan at Hertha Berlin.

The Serbian international scored three goals in 22 appearances prior to the suspension of the Bundesliga amid the coronavirus pandemic.

When asked by Football Insider if the time had come for Grujic to move on permanently, Hutton said: “That is an age where you should be playing regularly.

“Liverpool are so strong. Their squad, team, first eleven and people coming in from the sidelines – it is very difficult to break in. If you have not done it by the age of 24 the writing is on the wall.

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“This is an age where you want to be playing football. You do not want to go on loan for a year, come back, a pre-season with Liverpool and then another loan. You want to be settled in your football and your personal life. It is at the stage where he will be looking to leave on a permanent basis.”

The 24-year-old was Jurgen Klopp’s first signing for the Reds back in 2015 but has so far failed to become a part of the first-team picture at Anfield.

The former Red Star Belgrade player has only mustered 14 appearances in a red shirt and has not featured since December 2017.

Grujic still has three years remaining on his current contract at Anfield having signed a new deal in August 2018.

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