3 Jan 2016

Done Deal: 'Excellent' €7m powerhouse confirms he'll 'become a Liverpool player' tomorrow. Replace Lucas?

After weeks of speculation, it's now official: 'excellent' Red Star Belgrade midfielder Marko Grujic will be Jurgen Klopp's first signing for Liverpool.

The story so far:

Dec 22: The Liverpool Echo claimed that 19-year old Grujic has 'agreed a five-year contract with Liverpool, who will pay a €7m (£5m) transfer fee'.

Dec 23: A statement on Red Star's website seemingly confirmed the deal: "The board accepted the offer from Liverpool to pay the money immediately and the player to stay at Red Star until July 2016".

Today, Grujic posted the following message on his official Facebook account:

"On the 4th January I will become a Liverpool player".

It'll be another eight or nine months before fans will be able to see Grucic play for Liverpool, so it's hard to get excited about this deal.

Hopefully, this will not be Klopp's only signing of the January transfer window. As recent games show, the club is still struggling to score goals, and in that regard, it's a mistake to rely on Lallana, Coutinho, Firmino, Can, Milner, Origi, and Ibe for the rest of the season.

In my view, the signing of Grujic almost certainly means the end of the road for Lucas Leiva as Liverpool's first-choice defensive-midfielder. He's already been usurped by Emre Can, and with Grucic also providing competition, it seems likely that Lucas will be on his way out of Anfield this summer.
Author: Jaimie K


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