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Grujic hoped to leave Liverpool on loan again

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Liverpool midfielder Marko Grujic faces another loan-free campaign as the Serbian team should not join the team when preseason training starts next month. writes Carl Markham of the Press Association.

The 23-year-old has spent the last 18 months in seasons in Cardiff and Hertha Berlin and has not played for his club since December 2017.

The Press Association understands that Grujic is likely to have solved its immediate future before the first group of European Cup winners Jurgen Klopp returns to Melwood at the beginning of next month.

Even with the team not in full swing due to the absence of Mohamed Salah, Sadio Mane, Naby Keita (African Cup of Nations), Roberto Firmino and Alisson Becker (Copa America), Klopp is happy to allow Grujic to finish where he will be. playing next season before that.

Grujic moved to Merseyside for £ 5.1 million in January 2016 with former right-hand man Klopp Zeljko Buvac – who has since left the club – playing a key role in hiring his compatriot.

However, he has managed only 14 appearances, with only three such starts and all coming in the League Cup ever since, although he made a loan at Hertha last season and could favor another period abroad.

Liverpool remain relaxed with Champions League hero Divock Origi, who scored in the semi-finals and final as he entered the final 12 months of his contract.

A new agreement has been discussed but so far remains unsigned with the Belgian international, understood as having reservations about the amount of playing time he will have.

Origi made 21 appearances last season – just seven in the starting lineup – but scored seven times, including a Merseyside derby winner, two against Barcelona and a goal in the Champions League win over Tottenham.

Defender Nathaniel Clyne, who has played 15 games in Bournemouth in the second half of last season, is more than necessary after losing his rightful place for Trent Alexander-Arnold and is expected to be sold this summer.

Winger Ryan Kent, who impressed former Reds captain Steven Gerrard at Rangers last season, is attracting a lot of interest from English clubs and it is understood that a return to Ibrox is unlikely.

A large number of Premier League players and the Top Sky Championship Championship are accompanying the 22-year-old, who signed a two-year long contract with Aston Villa and Leeds.


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