Red Star Belgrade midfielder Marko Grujic has revealed he has held talks with Liverpool over a January move to Anfield.
The 19-year-old’s progress has been monitored closely by Jurgen Klopp’s assistant manager Zeljko Buvac and he is believed to have recommended Grujic to the German tactician.
Liverpool had representatives in Serbia to watch Grujic score in Red Star’s 7-2 thrashing of Cukaricki on Sunday and they were granted permission to hold talks with him after the game.
Asked about his future, according to quotes in the Liverpool Echo, Grujic said: “I’ll try to respect the club, the fans and the general public, but again I think that for myself I have to choose the best environment where I get the chance to play and where I work with good coaches in good conditions.
“It is certain that I remain here until the end of qualifying for the Champions League. I had a talk with Liverpool but I did not receive yet any agreement. I’m still a Red Star player.”
The Serbia Under-21 international is rated in the £5million bracket, but Manchester United, Inter Milan, Roma and Chelsea are also believed to be interested in him.
The 6ft 3in Grujic signed a three-year contract at Red Star Belgrade over the summer after Bundesliga outfit Hamburg made a bid of £1.2million for the player.