26 Oct 2016

Transfer Sensation: 'Wonderful' €14m Liverpool star almost signed for 'Chelsea' but 'Mourinho' fiasco killed the deal

Ex-Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho appears to have (indirectly) played a huge part in Liverpool's recruitment of Marko Grujic.

According to former Times journalist Tony Barrett:

"Grujic was recommended to Chelsea by their scouting department last year only for the proposed deal to go awry as a result of Jose Mourinho's dismissal. Liverpool were left in pole position to complete the signing".

This appears to suggest that Liverpool were Grujic's second choice, and the deal only went through because Chelsea were no longer a viable option.

Whatever the reality, Grujic ended up at Anfield, and so far, he's finding it tough to break into the first team. What is the Serb's best position? When asked this question in a recent interview, he noted:

"I see myself in the position I played against Derby. We had Lucas behind, with me and Hendo further forward. That’s my best position in midfield".

I suspect that €14m-rated Grujic is in for a rude awakening; I doubt that Klopp will utilise him as an attacking midfielder, and given his height and strength, he'll probably be used as a holding player.

Does Grujic have the skills to be an effective attacking midfielder?

* Hailed by Jurgen Klopp as a 'wonderful player'.


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