Hertha Berlin manager Michael Preetz has told German news outlet Kicker that he wants Marko Grujic back on loan next season.
Liverpool sent Grujic on a season-long loan to Hertha Berlin last season. And the midfielder has been one of their best players this season.
Grujic’s future is uncertain. All three options (loan, sell or keep) are on the table as he reports back to Anfield for pre-season.
Jurgen Klopp is likely to run the rule over the Serbia international, who has only played 14 times for Liverpool since his January 2016 move.
This is his second loan stint away from Merseyside after playing for Championship side Cardiff City last season.
Grujic has been a key man in Hertha Berlin’s midfield this season, helping his team to a mid-table finish. The 23-year-old has played 22 league games, scoring five times and providing one assist.
Hertha Berlin manager Preetz has been thoroughly impressed with Grujic. And now he wants him back in the German capital, on loan again for the 2019/20 season.
At Sunday’s AGM, he told Kicker: “I’ll keep the ball rolling and our goal is to extend the loan by one year.”
Of course, the final decision will rest with Liverpool. But Grujic will face a battle convincing Klopp that he is ready to break into the first-team ahead of the likes of Fabinho, Jordan Henderson, Gini Wijnaldum and Naby Keita.