Liverpool have arguably the best midfield in the EPL, and their fine run in front of goal is partly down to the dominance the trio of Lallana, Henderson and Can exert in the middle of the park.
With the battle won in midfield, the attacking triumvirate of Mane, Firmino and Coutinho always have much easier jobs on their hands, and it is near impossible to see Klopp tamper with his selection in the area of the park.
Considering that, there is very little playing time afforded to the fringe players. And that includes Serbian international youngster Marko Grujic. The 20-year-old arrived over the summer from Red Star Belgrade and has had just 28 minutes of EPL football under his belt this term.
A loan away from Anfield come January will make perfect sense for Grujic, and here are 3 reasons why.
Jordan Henderson and Co.
Grujic’s best position in the Liverpool lineup is the one currently occupied by the club’s skipper, and it doesn’t look like one that would be vacant for some few seasons to come.
The brilliance of Henderson means Grujic won’t be getting any EPL start in a long while, and while the Serbian remains a great option off the bench, he isn’t able to provide a lot of competition for the England international.
Grujic has the quality, and to some extent, some little experience having appeared in 29 Serbian SuperLiga fixtures last season and also playing a key part in Red Star Belgrade’s title-winning campaign which saw them set a new record for the number of consecutive victories (19) in the first half of the season without a defeat.
However, he is still quite not the finished product, and no matter how better he gets this season, a starting shirt remains well out of reach.
Not even an injury to the captain would afford him that opportunity, with Can and Wijnaldum also able to play as a number 6.
Grujic won’t be getting a first-team squad looking in anytime soon as he isn’t even playing the 2nd fiddle or understudy directly to Henderson, hence Liverpool would do well to loan him out in January.
The need to keep him up to speed with EPL football
It’s not very often to see a player from another league hit the ground running and settle right into Premier League football upon arrival.
Most times, even experienced players from across other Europe’s elite leagues take time to adapt, and a young player coming from a little-known league with not so much quality and competition will need a lot of playing time to get used to how it’s being done in the top flight.
At the moment, that is not happening, and while both player and club aren’t in a rush and willing to wait for the right time, playing elsewhere in the EPL or even Championship would make more sense as Grujic has the chance to keep playing on a regular basis.
That isn’t happening on that Liverpool bench, and the earlier he starts tasting the action, the better for his development.
Present him with much-needed challenge
Grujic might be 20 years of age, but he sure can hold down a starting spot elsewhere in the top flight if only he is presented with the chance.
Only a loan move away from Anfield would make that possible. He sure could become a better player next season considering how much a player playing regularly and getting the necessary challenges can grow within 5 months.
Grujic has a future at Anfield, but he needs to get more action rather than wait for one to come. A loan move would be perfect for him for the second half of the season.