Liverpool insert financial penalties in Grujic loan move

Liverpool midfielder Marko Grujic will remain with Hertha Berlin on loan for the 2019-20 season.

Grujic spent last season on loan with the Bundesliga side and he made 23 appearances, scoring five goals, impressing Hertha boss Pal Dardai.

Liverpool will receive a £2million loan fee as part of the deal, plus potential add-ons of £500,000, however Hertha will face financial penalties if Grujic’s playing time is limited.

The German club will have to pay the Reds if Grujic does not get game time in Germany.

Hertha have agreed to pay his wages in full, while numerous sources, including the Guardian insist Grujic “remains in the long-term plans” of Jurgen Klopp.

Klopp handed 23-year-old Grujic a new five-year contract before he joined Hertha last summer and there was plenty of interest this summer in the former Cardiff loanee.

It’s understood the Serbia international turned down offers from Frankfurt and Werder Bremen, as well as late interest from Brighton and Atalanta.

Grujic, who has only made a handful of appearances for Liverpool after arriving in 2016, said in March he had no intention of returning to Anfield permanently.

“I feel very comfortable in Berlin. Hertha gave me a great opportunity to play in the Bundesliga,” Grujic told Bild.

“I’m still pretty young, for me this time at Hertha – with the exception of injuries – has been brilliant so far to show my qualities.”