Liverpool are closing in on the signing of midfielder Marko Grujic

By Harvey Byrne

Young Liverpool midfielder Marko Grujic has secured a work permit at the Anfield club, it has been confirmed.

Liverpool Echo journalist James Pearce announced on his Twitter page that the 20-year-old Serbian international has been given a green light for him to start his Reds career.

It is understood that manager Jurgen Klopp attended a hearing in front of a three-man panel convened by the Football Association in Manchester on Monday in which he spoke on behalf of the central midfielder.

The last time the Reds appeared in front of a work permit panel was in January 2013 when they signed Brazilian Philippe Coutinho from Inter Milan.

Grujic does have to leave the country and re-enter it and as a result there are doubts whether he will feature in Liverpool’s first pre-season friendly match against Tranmere on Friday night.

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The midfielder signed a four and half year deal for the Anfield club in January for a figure of around £5million from Red Star Belgrade and was immediately loaned back to the club until the end of the season.

The three-time capped Serbia international was reportedly interesting a host of clubs, which include the likes of Chelsea and Inter Milan before Klopp tempted him to Merseyside.

The youngster starred in 30 encounters for Red Star Belgrade in the recently completed season in all competitions scoring six goals and providing seven assists.

In other Liverpool news, Blaise Matuidi has been given permission to head to England for transfer talks with an unnamed English club.