Marko Grujic looks set to stay at Anfield for the upcoming campaign.
This is after a twist in the 22-year old’s immediate future, where his proposed move to Cardiff has been shelved. Previously, Grujic was expected to spend the 2018/19 season with the Bluebirds after helping them gain promotion last season.
It is understood that the reason behind the failed move is Grujic’s refusal to sign a contract extension. As a result, the Reds are unwilling to send the Serbian out on loan.
Neil Warnock, Cardiff’s manager, made his disappointment clear. With regards to the failed loan approach, he said: “Grujic looks like he will stay put… I think he would be better off here but it is a contract issue, I understand his point of view. Liverpool have four competitions before Christmas and he can play in those without being named in the 25-man squad. I have missed out on a couple of targets waiting for him. It is disappointing as everything was agreed with Liverpool. But sometimes fate intervenes.”
Considering the fact that Grujic made such a positive impact at Cardiff for only half a season, Warnock’s disappointment is understandable. The Serbian’s 13 appearances, in which he scored 1 goal, were key to the club’s promotion to the Premier League.
With Henderson and Fabinho ahead of him in the pecking order, it’s likely that Grujic’s role at Anfield this season will be reduced to a backup one. He won’t feature in Saturday’s friendly against Napoli in Dublin having flown home early from the club’s training camp in France due to discomfort in his hamstring.