Marko Grujic

Marko Grujic has this afternoon once again confirmed his ambition to one day carve out a regular berth for himself in Liverpool’s starting XI.

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23-year-old Grujic was the first signing of the Jurgen Klopp era at Liverpool, making the move to Merseyside from boyhood club Red Star Belgrade for a fee of around £5 million.

However, his tender years, coupled with the competition for places at Anfield, have since seen Grujic go on to make just 8 Premier League appearances for the Reds.

The all-action midfielder has been farmed out on a quartet of loans, the latest of which saw Grujic make the move to Bundesliga outfit Hertha Berlin last summer.

Despite a pair of ankle injuries having restricted the Serb’s time on the pitch, Grujic subsequently went on to establish himself as one of the capital outfit’s star performers.

All told, the Liverpool loanee notched 5 goals and an assist across 22 Bundesliga appearances last season.

‘Belong to such a big club’

Grujic’s impressive form in Germany, though, has not proven enough to earn the midfielder a place in Jurgen Klopp’s plans for next season.

The 8-time capped international has returned for a second consecutive loan stint with Hertha Berlin.

His latest Anfield departure, however, has not dampened Grujic’s belief regarding his long-term prospects with Liverpool.

Speaking in an interview with Sport Bild earlier today, the 23-year-old first opened up on his return to the Olympiastadion:

‘I was in Liverpool for a few days after last season, did some medical tests. We [Klopp and I] sat together and talked about my plans.’

‘My contract at Liverpool runs until 2023. We both saw it in a similar way: I only managed to make the most of 50 per cent of my opportunities in Berlin. Minor injuries knocked me back.’

Marko Grujic

Marko Grujic and Davy Klaassen during the Bundesliga match between Hertha BSC and SV Werder Bremen. (Photo by Stuart Franklin/Bongarts/Getty Images)

‘He also found that it is better for my development to stay in the Bundesliga for another year.’

When drawn on Liverpool’s Champions League final triumph over Tottenham last month, Grujic continued:

‘When I see such games, I always realise that I belong to such a big club and it’s where I want to be.’

‘If I play 34 very good games for Hertha, the chance to be a true Liverpool player next year is great.’

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