Jurgen Klopp explains reasons behind first Liverpool signing
Jurgen Klopp runs the rule over Liverpool's new signing Marko Grujic
Jurgen Klopp has described Marko Grujic as a “big talent” after the Reds manager completed his first Liverpool signing on Tuesday.
The 19-year-old midfielder put pen to paper on a Reds deal after the Serbia Under-21 international passed his medical at Melwood training ground earlier this week.
I would say he’s a tall boy, but quick and good at technical things. He can play passes and can dribble
Grujic joined Liverpool in a deal reported to be worth £5.1m from Serbian club Red Star Belgrade despite reported interest from CSKA Moscow and Zenit St Petersburg.
And Klopp, who was appointed as Brendan Rodgers’s successor in October, explained what the Liverpool supporters can expect from the teenager.
“We’re very pleased because Marko is a big talent and we’ve seen him a lot of times,” Klopp told Liverpool’s website.
“When I came here, our scouts showed me some footage of a very skilled player from Red Star Belgrade. We watched it, we spoke to him, we met each other – he’s a good boy, a young boy but plays an important role at the moment at Red Star, who are the best team in Serbia.
“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.”
Grujic played a key role in Red Star’s rise to the top of the Serbian Superliga, and he will return to his old club on loan until the end of the season.
The 19-year-old midfielder has scored five goals in 21 top-flight appearances for Red Star so far this season.
Grujic, who was also linked with Manchester United, made his debut aged 17 in 2013.