Jurgen Klopp on Wednesday January 6 made his first signing as the new Liverpool chief after completing a £5.1million move for midfielder Marko Grujic from Red Star Belgrade.
The Serbia international signed a deal that will keep him at Anfield until the summer of 2020 but he has been loaned back to Red Star and his name will be in the Reds books starting July for the start of the pre-season tour.
It is understood that it took the intervention of Klopp to secure the 19-year old midfielder who had also received offers from Russian clubs such as CSKA Moscow and Zenit St Petersburg who were offering around £7m.
Confirming the latest signings to Liverpool’s official website, Klopp said, “We’re very pleased because Marko is a big talent and we’ve seen him a lot of times”
“To describe him, I would say he’s a tall boy, but quick and good at technical things. He can play passes and can dribble. But he is young, so he has to develop. He will do this, so everything is okay.” Klopp added.
On his new deal with the Reds Grujic said, “I’m very excited and so proud to be here and a member of Liverpool Football Club. I can’t wait to get started, play at Anfield and train at Melwood.
“I was thinking about my progress in my next period and decided it was good for me to come here and try to be the best I can.” He added.
“I want to play in front of one of the loudest set of fans in Europe at Anfield.”