Jurgen Klopp will make a final decision on Marko Grujic after pre-season, but the midfielder wants to stay at Hertha Berlin, according to reports.
Grujic has been a Liverpool player since the early days of Klopp’s reign as manager. However, he has not had many first team opportunities, and has spent the past two seasons on loan in Berlin.
The Bundesliga club would like to keep Grujic for a third season. However, they would probably have to negotiate a permanent transfer now, rather than another loan.
According to Bild (via Sport Witness), Grujic has a “dream” of returning to Hertha if he does not have a future at Liverpool. But that’s up to Klopp to decide.
The Liverpool boss wants to watch Grujic more closely in pre-season training this summer. The midfielder took part in their first session in Austria, wearing the number six training shirt.
Bild reveal that Grujic is looking for regular gametime next season. If he cannot get it at Anfield, he wants to return to Hertha.
In fact, he has already bought a property in Berlin and has learned German after spending the past two years there.
Klopp has always been a fan of Grujic, though, and still wants one last chance to see if he can impress in training with Liverpool. Likewise, the midfielder admitted in May that he can still picture himself fitting in at Anfield.
Therefore, Klopp will give Grujic a chance to show his worth in pre-season. However, if by the end of it, a move feels like the best scenario, then the Serbian midfielder knows where he wants to go next.
Hertha would have to start negotiating over a transfer fee for the 24-year-old. Recent reports suggested Liverpool might not be able to command the fee they want for him.
Grujic is still under contract at Anfield until 2023.
Shaqiri hoping for Liverpool revival
Grujic is not the only player potentially hoping for a second chance at Anfield. Xherdan Shaqiri did not see much gametime in 2019-20.
The Swiss midfielder has now admitted he was “frustrated” at his lack of action in his second season with the Reds.
However, he is confident he can recapture the form he showed in his first campaign with the club.
“Always if you are injured or if you are not playing, you’re frustrated,” he told the club website.
“But I’m looking forward to this season and trying to help the team all the time, so I have the chance to play like the first season.”