Serbian midfielder Marko Grujic arrives in Liverpool for medical

on 04.01.2016


Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp is closing in on his first signing after Serbian teenager Marko Grujic arrived on Merseyside for a medical.

The Reds agreed a £5.1million deal with Red Star Belgrade before Christmas and the 19-year-old midfielder travelled to England at the weekend to finalise the move.

He will undergo all his physical examinations on Monday but no confirmation is expected until Tuesday at the earliest, after which the youngster will rejoin Red Star on loan until the end of the season.

Liverpool fought off late interest from Russian clubs CSKA Moscow and Zenit St Petersburg, who were offering over £7m, and Grujic chose Anfield after personal intervention from Klopp after being advised about the under-21 international by his Serbian assistant Zeljko Buvac.

The Reds are also tracking Schalke defender Joel Matip, who is out of contract at the end of the season, but there is still plenty of work to be done to sign the German-born Cameroon international.

However, despite their on-going defensive frailties any deal would be for Matip to join in the summer.

But Press Association Sport understands there are at least two French clubs who are ahead of Liverpool in the running for the 24-year-old while Schalke have not given up hope the centre-back will sign a new contract.

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  1. I had visions of Klopp identifying our problem areas and making 3 huge signings on the 1st January, nice and early for West Ham and the cup semi at Stoke.

    If Klopp didn’t have a guarantee of transfers I’m not sure why he’s taken the job.

    Luis Suarez has scored 26 goals in 26 games for Barca this season, with numerous assists.

    More than the total of –
    Benteke £32m
    Firmino £29m
    Lallana £27m
    Balotelli £16m
    Lambert £5m

    And FSG’s answer is £5m on an unknown foreign kid?

    It’s going to take a lot more than that I’m afraid.

    • Klopp told a LFC/Sky Reporter in an XXL Interview why he joined LFC. And he had spoken about transfers etc.

      • I’ve seen the interviews but if Klopp thinks what wr have is enough, that we don’t need some serious strength and leadership, and a striker, added to this squad then he has made a massive misjudgement.

        • Wow, you talk like ManUre, really. Yes, there are serious problems that need to be addressed in this squad but I think the a January transfer window is not the answer. January transfers are proven to be costly and as Klopp himself said, feels like a “pressured buying”. Even if he actually dips into the transfer, who is a world-class player who will likely to come and shoulder the weight of the whole team? I think unsettled players will be the most likely players to come, which have a high risk of becoming flopps. Just let the manager have this season as his preseason for next season and splash all the money on summer signings. As long as the team wont go down to relegation, let’s be positive about sacrificing this season for the better.

          • And when they were bought, did they actually solved the problem at that time? I think not. It’s good if there is a Suarez out there this January window, but seeing the players linked to us thus far, I think none is. The thing is, we get a better chance of getting a proven world class talent in the summer if we go all out then than in this panic buying time of January window.

          • Throughout FSG’s time January has been far more than their disastrous summer transfer business. It’s a new manager, the problems are there clear as day and the players need bringing in before its another 2 seasons in the CL wilderness.

          • I’m not really into any sortof pattern really coz they are purely coincindental. Yes, the manager has actually identified from time to time what the problem is. But I don’t think with this current squad, patching-the holes type of transfer will not work. Let’s face it. This is a mid table team. Retaining some and bringing in players who will shape the the philosophy of the manager should be the focus of our transfers in order to be able to really consistently challenge in the future. And that’s why, I hope the fans could at least be partial and patient with these mediocre performances for now if it gets the manager his needed time to sieve out those who will stay and who will not.

          • You can’t dismiss a pattern as coincidental. So you think this is a midtable team? Now you sound like a Manu fan………

          • January transfers are proven to be expensive are they? Then how did multi trophy winning King Kenny snap up the worlds best striker for just £24 million and we werent offering Champions League football!

    • Suarez only scored the goals he did this season because of Rodgers. Rodgers made him the player he is today you know, just ask WDF.

  2. He’s not playing for liverpool this season so this shouldn’t be THE transfer news atm n I hope it’s not. We need someone to come and play right away be it just the remainder of the season. We need someone who knows how to win unlike the current squad we have. And please let someone else be captain, someone who opponents would respect highly..

  3. I would give Lallana. Allen, Ibe, Milner, Lucas and Benteke for Toni Kroos. Problem is they won’t want any of them! We can dream though.

  4. Aw fantastic news I can’t wait to see him pull on a red jersey for his first competitive game in 8 MONTHS!!!..NEXT!

  5. “We got Klopp! Look what he did in Dortmund! This is the greatest thing ever”
    Transfer window open for a few days, news of Klopp style signing, exactly of the sort he built his successful career on comes in:
    “MOAR YOUTH??!?!! NOT INTERESTED, SIGN RONALDO! SAME FSG!! ST, CDM CB AND WE WIN ALL TEH THINGS”

    TIA is adorable some days.

    • And no, I’m not suggesting Grujic is the next superstar…he might work, he might not, but no one here has seen a thing yet, and The Brain likes him. That’s enough for me to look toward to seeing the kid play

  6. Grujic is a quality signing. A far better midfielder than Allen who cost 3 times as much and was 3 years older.

    WDF though has already slated him as a signing because he’s young and doesn’t cost much. The guy who backed our former trophyless manager and his signing of Asapas fails to see you can buy top talent ofr little amounts as Lewondowski, Fabregas, Bolaise, Hernandez etc have shown.

  7. Alright!! Once again, welcome Marko Grujic!

    Onto Joel Matip, if we’re serious about securing him, then we should be able to stave off that interest from French clubs and Schalke….give him a 1mil sign on bonus and what will surely be the most attractive wages + the Klopp factor(he talks to him personally) and that should surely seal the deal!

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