Liverpool are in the midst of a brutal end-of-season injury crisis, right at the worst possible moment for the club.
With two massive matches coming up against Brighton and Real Madrid, the Reds are without a whole host of key players.
However, the return of loanee Marko Grujic, recently rejoined from Cardiff City, could provide a crucial boost in Liverpool’s season-defining run-in.
After injuries to the likes of Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, Emre Can, and Adam Lallana, Liverpool are desperately short in the centre of midfield.
Their devastating lack of depth was on full display during last weekend’s loss to Chelsea, when Jurgen Klopp was forced to play Trent Alexander-Arnold in the midfield in a bid to rest Jordan Henderson.
The gamble did not pay off, as Klopp ended up throwing Henderson into the fray in order to get Liverpool a result. Yet these drastic actions will no longer be required once Grujic rejoins his parent club and is able to contribute to the cause.
The Serbian central midfielder is coming off an impressive 14-match loan spell at Cardiff, in which he led the Bluebirds to automatic promotion while earning plaudits among supporters for his dedication and work rate.
The 22-year-old will provide much-needed stability and depth to the threadbare Liverpool squad and could make an instant impact if drafted back into the Liverpool team for Sunday’s finale against Brighton.
With Klopp’s focus squarely on securing the European Cup, he will need top-quality reinforcements to seal Liverpool’s top-four finish on the last day of the season.
The Liverpool manager should look no further than Marko Grujic, fresh off a superb second-half of the season and eager to contribute to the Reds’ cause.