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.