Liverpool FC has confirmed the signing of 19-year-old Red Star Belgrade midfielder Marko Grujic for £5.1m on a four-year contract.
The teenager will join the reds at the start of next season on July 1. He will be on loan to Red Star Belgrade for the rest of the season.
Gruijic, who won the Under-20 World Cup with Serbia in 2015, was quoted in BBC as saying:
“I’m very excited and so proud to be here.”
This was Jurgen Klopp’s first signing as Liverpool boss since he was appointed as full time coach in October.
“He’s a good boy, a young boy but plays an important role at the moment at Red Star, who are the best team in Serbia,” said the German. “He’s a tall boy, but quick and good at technical things. He can play passes and can dribble, ” he added.
Gruijic has an uncanny resemblance to the way club legend Steven Gerrard plays football and he can be the legend’s potential replacement. What’s more interesting is that he wears the No.8 for Red Star which was worn by Gerrard. It is also rumored that he will be wearing the same number when he plays for Liverpool.
The Serbian is a classic box-to-box midfielder, with an ability to score goals and break up play defensively. His ability to dribble and maneuver the ball during tight spaces is something he is good at. His passing of the ball is also something Klopp noticed. He is six foot, three inches and will be the tallest player in the Reds team.
Last season, he has netted five goals in 21 league appearances for Red Star and helped them to reach the top of the league. He made his debut for the club at the age of 17.
His most notable achievement, however, remains his heroics in Serbia’s magnificent triumph at the Under-20 World Cup in New Zealand.