After failing to live up to his potential, it looks likely that this summer could be a pivotal one for Marko Grujic as Jurgen Klopp abandoned attempts to give him first team game time at Anfield and instead sent him on loan to Cardiff for the second half of the 2017/18 campaign.
The 22-year-old impressed there, to the extent that Goal say that the Welsh outfit are trying to make the move permanent but won’t be alone in doing so. AC Milan and Lazio are among the clubs to be mentioned as in the chase.
Melwood are already preparing to welcome Naby Keita and Fabinho into midfield this summer and so Grujic’s days on Merseyside look numbered, but the club must be cautious if they are to sell him.
The Serbian has been highly rated by many ever since he was a teenager and has regularly been a key figure in Liverpool‘s pre-season campaigns, often being one of the young players on the fringe of the squad and making substitute appearances from the bench, but is yet to kick on.
The situation echoes that of Suso, a player who lit up the Liverpool reserves team but never made the grade. He has since moved on and is lighting up Serie A at the San Siro, having recently been linked with Tottenham by CalcioMercato.
Michael Edwards and the transfer team at the Reds must learn from that experience and insist on a buy-back clause in any deal to allow Grujic to depart in case he does step up and prove himself in Italy or wherever he may end up.
Such a model has worked wonders for the likes of Real Madrid, who have brought back players like Dani Carvajal and Alvaro Morata in recent years at bargain prices, and must be considered.
Grujic may never live up to his potential, but Liverpool cannot afford another slip up in the transfer market.
Three reasons Danny Ward’s Leicester City move makes perfect sense
The Welshman looks set to move to the King Power.
The transfer makes sense for both parties, after Liverpool added goalkeeping talent that would have restricted Ward’s opportunities even more.
Here are three reasons why the switch is a smart one for the Welshman.
Alisson’s arrival extinguished Ward’s Liverpool hopes
Liverpool completed the signing of Roma goalkeeper Alisson after a prolonged transfer saga, which pushed Ward even further down the pecking order at Anfield.
Since joining in 2012, the Welsh international has made a grand total of three first team appearances for the Reds. The lack of minutes meant it was time for Ward to move on, and the addition of one of the best goalkeepers in the world confirmed that decision.
Ward will enjoy increased playing time
In Percy’s tweet announcing the deal between the two clubs, he claimed Ward was being brought in to compete with Kasper Schmeichel, not to be a replacement.
Nevertheless, if Schmeichel stays Ward would still have the opportunity to play consistent football in cup competitions, which is much more than he enjoyed at Anfield.
The Welsh number one spot could soon be his
With a smart move to the King Power Stadium, Ward could possibly claim the Leicester number one role. And with positive performances, he could add to his four Wales caps and make a case to become the Welsh number one.
At only 25 years of age, he has plenty of time to ignite his international career, and at the perfect time due to the expanded Euro and World Cup fields.
How Liverpool fans reacted to signing of Roma’s Alisson Becker
Liverpool have been in the market for a goalkeeper throughout this transfer window.
Premier League giants Liverpool made a real statement of intent on Thursday evening when they completed the signing of Brazilian goalkeeper Alisson Becker who arrives at Anfield from Roma.
The Daily Mail confirmed the £65 million deal late last night and it is a move that is sure to send a message to the rest of the top flight with the Reds seemingly meaning business when it comes to challenging for the title next season.
It has been a well courted situation that boss Jurgen Klopp has been in the market for a new custodian following high profile errors by current stoppers Simon Mignolet and Loris Karius during last season.
The German boss has finally got his man and the real pressure is now on the Reds’ boss who, following a glut of new arrivals, is now under pressure to deliver some much needed silverware to the football club.
The Brazilian number one kept 17 clean sheets for the Serie A outfit last term and was an instrumental part of Roma’s team that reached the semi-final of the Champions League before losing out to Liverpool over two legs.
As with any transfer deal, the world of Twitter has reacted and TBR Football looked at exactly what some Liverpool fans were saying about this deal…
— Liverpool FC (@LFC) July 19, 2018
Okay, funs over. Sign Fekir next.
— CF (@ClinicalFirmino) July 19, 2018
our keeper has big hands
— MB (@MrBoywunder) July 19, 2018
Have my children
— Iz (@lfcisabelle) July 19, 2018
Not enough modfield creativity yet.
— life of pablo (@JimmyButIer21) July 19, 2018
— Samuel Price (@TheStugster) July 19, 2018
Absolute World Class Signing ??. Welcome To Our Family ??
— Danny Williams (@DanWilliams1988) July 19, 2018
Getting so excited for the new season ?
— Luke (@thedlpgeek) July 19, 2018
Danny Ward > Alisson
— ??????? Welsh Fan Zone TV ??????? (@WelshFanZoneTV) July 19, 2018
Liverpool fans should ignore Jurgen Klopp’s claims that spending has ended
Speaking after confirming the signing of Alisson Becker, Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp stated that he does not expect the club to make any further signings this summer despite ongoing speculation.
Exits are expected with doubts surrounding several members of the squad who may depart Merseyside in the remaining few weeks of the summer transfer window, but the German was clear that he is not looking for many signings.
Yet there may still be reasons for Liverpool fans to believe that Klopp could turn out to be wrong with his assumption.
“We have everything that we need for the next season, I don’t think that we will do any more (signings), I’m pretty sure…”
The immediate reaction was, perhaps surprisingly, one of disappointment with many fans thinking of one man in particular in the form of Nabil Fekir.
Negotiations broke down in June before the World Cup and had gone quiet, though Dominic King of the Daily Mail claimed that the deal was dead in the water, despite coming only 24 hours after Dean Jones of Bleacher Report suggested that talks had begun again.
News that Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain will miss all of the 2018/19 campaign with a number of knee ligament injuries has sparked fears about the lack of depth in attacking midfield, with no real replacement having been found for Philippe Coutinho.
It is worth remembering that only a week ago the Liverpool Echo said that Klopp was public with his desire to give Danny Ward a shot as number one, yet seven days later he is on his way to Leicester City after a fee was agreed, according to Sky Sports.
Klopp is no stranger to playing with the media and will do whatever he can to strengthen his club’s negotiating hand, yet fans could be forgiven for retaining hope of a deal for Fekir.
What may affect the reality is whether or not Olympique Lyonnais are prepared to sell this summer, as the Reds showed last summer that they would prefer to wait for their man rather than shop for alternatives, with a move for Virgil Van Dijk being dragged over into the next window.
Either way, Liverpool fans can have little to complain about the dealings that have been done in this summer’s transfer window with Naby Keita, Fabinho, Xherdan Shaqiri and Alisson Becker all having arrived.