BIRKENHEAD, ENGLAND - Sunday, August 20, 2017: Liverpool's Marko Grujic during the Under-23 FA Premier League 2 Division 1 match between Liverpool and Sunderland at Prenton Park. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

Liverpool and Cardiff in talks over season-long loan for Marko Grujic

Cardiff City want to re-sign Marko Grujic on loan after he spent the second half of last season with them, helping to win promotion.

The Serbian midfielder has struggled to make the breakthrough since signing for Liverpool, though remains highly thought of.

After joining Cardiff in the Championship in January, he finally got the chance to earn an extended run of senior minutes – and largely impressed as he helped his temporary team finish second.

Indeed, Grujic’s form was enough to earn him a surprise call-up to the Serbia national team for the World Cup.

As with several other loan players from last term, his Anfield future remains uncertain and undecided, though it would be expected he’d play a part in pre-season.

That might not be the case now, though, with BBC Sport reporting Cardiff hoping for a season-long deal this time.

Cardiff City's Marko Grujic ( Steve Paston/EMPICS Sport)

The report suggests talks have been held between the two clubs, with the Reds said to be open to the idea of a loan, hinting they still feel he has a role to play in the coming campaigns.

Grujic did not play a minute at the finals in Russia this summer in the end, as Serbia crashed out in the group stage despite some positive early performances.

Now 22 years of age, Grujic has two years left on his deal at Anfield, and if Jurgen Klopp still believes him to be of value to the side going forward, it wouldn’t be a surprise to see a double deal occur.

A new contract at Liverpool, followed by a loan move to Cardiff for regular Premier League action, gets the best for the club and player in both the short- and longer-term.

With Fabinho and Naby Keita new midfield arrivals this summer, minutes in the Reds’ first team would doubtless be difficult to come by once more.

Previously, the likes of Lazio had been linked with a permanent move for Grujic.

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