‘Great game intelligence’ with a bit of Gerrard, Pogba & Matic – new LFC player profiled

first_imgLiverpool are believed to have snapped up Marko Grujic, so talkSPORT’s Transfer Spotlight has more on the talented teenager…Name: Marko GrujicDate of birth: 13/04/96Born: Belgrade, SerbiaClub: Red Star BelgradePosition: MidfieldWhat’s the latest?It appears Liverpool have beaten off competition from the likes of Anderlecht and Inter to sign Serbia’s highly-rated teenager Marko Grujic. It is being reported the player will sign for the Reds in January, but remain with Red Star until the end of the season. Zeljko Buvac, right hand man of manager Jurgen Klopp, is said to have had a hand in the deal.The lowdown:1) At Red Star Grujic operates in a deep lying role and the way he plays in the middle of the park has seen him likened to some of football’s best, such as Steven Gerrard, Paul Pogba and Nemanja Matic.2) Earlier in the year Grujic revealed Matic had informed him Chelsea were keen on him, but he also went on to explain he was looking at a possible summer departure because he wants to win the season’s Serbia SuperLiga with Red Star.3) Speaking to the Liverpool Echo, Serbia-based journalist Vlastimir Stevanovic praised Grujic’s athleticism as well and all round attributes. “He has excellent vision, a great passing game and he possesses great game intelligence,” he said.4) In an interview with Serbia publication Mondo earlier in the year Grujic praised the atmosphere at English stadia and explained that players’ energy levels are boosted with fans so much closer to the action.5) He was a member of Serbia’s victorious 2015 Under-20 World Cup winning team which beat Brazil 2-1 in the final in New Zealand, though he didn’t get on the pitch in that game.What is being said?I think he is much more than a regular playmaker or attacking midfielder. He would be better suited as a winger or behind the striker. I think that he should play on the flanks and closer to goal– Veljko Paunovic, Chicago Fire head coach and under-20 World Cup winning bossVideo evidence: 1 Marko Grujic (no.16) celebrates Serbia’s penalty shoot-out win against the USA last_img

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