Liverpool midfielder Marko Grujic has been explaining his decision to reject the advances of the Bundesliga and sign on loan for Porto to overseas news outlet, Alo.
The 24-year-old has spent the last two seasons on loan at Hertha Berlin and knows all about what it takes to succeed in Germany.
Werder Bremen were keen, whilst Borussia Monchengladbach were also a potential suitor to claim the Serbian’s signature.
Grujic was Jurgen Klopp’s first Liverpool signing back in 2016 and after impressing in the Carabao Cup it was anticipated he might get a chance.
That hasn’t been the case, however, with Porto now claiming his signature.
In the future, however, Grujic has confessed he might be keen to play for Borussia Monchengladbach.
Grujic told Alo: “Werder, whos coach Florian Kohfeldt is a great friend of Klopp, has been in the story for a long time but I didn’t see a perspective there.
“Borussia Monchengladbach was a real option. Valentino Lazaro and Breel Embolo praised their coach, Marco Rose to me.
“This attempt did not yield results, because they failed to sell Denis Zakaria, but I believe one day I will cooperate with Rose.”
For now, though he has joined Porto and should play in the Champions League for his new club this season.
That experience should put him in good shape for a return to Liverpool next summer, where he might fancy challenging for a first-team berth.
Of his move to Porto, he told Alo: “I just wanted a stable, ambitious club that plays in the Champions League and Porto is just that.
“I am convinced that it’s the right choice and the Portuguese club were in a hurry to register me for the Champions League which they did in the end.”
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The Portuguese league should be pretty comfortable for Grujic and he should excel at his new club.
Liverpool have a plethora of midfielders and his prospects of football at Anfield look slim, to say the least.
With that in mind, Grujic might bizarrely look to impress Monchengladbach who he has already suggested would be an attractive proposition in the future.
Grujic cost £5.1 million when he checked in and Liverpool would hope to get profit for their player.