Marko Grujic will travel with Liverpool for this Saturday’s Champions League final, but admitted uncertainty over his long-term Anfield future.
The Serbian international enjoyed a fruitful loan spell in the Bundesliga with Hertha Berlin last term, making 22 appearances and earning regular praise from the club’s manager Pal Dardai.
Despite impressing at Hertha, Grujic’s side were only able to finish 11th in Germany’s top flight and the combative midfielder could once again try and force himself into the thinking of Jurgen Klopp this pre-season. Despite becoming Klopp’s first signing as Liverpool manager in January 2016, Grujic has made just 14 appearances for the Reds – the same total he managed during a half-season loan spell at Cardiff in 2018.
Earlier this month, Hertha general manager Michael Preetz claimed he had held talks with Klopp over the possibility of keeping the 23-year-old on for another season.
However, Grujic, who is now getting set to cheer on his team-mates in Madrid this weekend, was non-committal in an Instagram post on Tuesday.”Now when the season is over, [I] just wanna take a opportunity to say big THANKS to Hertha fans on fantastic support during the whole season.” he posted.
“Been an okay year for the team,where i think we deserved much more. Speaking back in February , Grujic admitted he viewed himself as a Liverpool player, despite a string of loan spells elsewhere.
“Of course, my target was to be a regular player of Liverpool and I’m still thinking I can do that,” he told ESPN.”In life, it never comes without any issues or problems. It will come, I’m sure. I’m still young, 22, and the time works for me.”
Grujic’s last Liverpool start was a 2-0 defeat at Leicester in the Carabao Cup in September 2017 with his most recent appearance coming as a substitute against Brighton in December that year.
Liverpool will meet Mauricio Pochettino’s Tottenham in their second successive Champions League final on Saturday for what will be their first-ever game at Atletico Madrid’s Wanda Metropolitano stadium.