06 Jan Grujic: Klopp makes first Liverpool signing
Jurgen Klopp has made his first signing as Liverpool boss, landing Serbian midfielder Marko Grujic in a reported £5.1 million deal.
The 19-year-old, who has penned a four-year contract, has been impressive for Red Star Belgrade scoring five goals in 21 league games and will return on loan to the club for the rest of the season.
Liverpool staved off competition from a number of clubs, including Zenit and Anderlecht to land Grujic who won the U20 World Cup with Serbia.
And Klopp believes he has shown plenty of promise.
“We’re very pleased because Marko is a big talent and we’ve seen him a lot of times,” he told the club’s official website.
“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 says he’s looking forward to playing in front of full house at Anfield.
“I’m very excited and so proud to be here and a member of Liverpool Football Club. I can’t wait to get started, play at Anfield and train at Melwood,” he said.
“I was thinking about my progress in my next period and decided it was good for me to come here and try to be the best I can.
“I want to play in front of one of the loudest set of fans in Europe at Anfield.
“I also like the atmospheres at other stadiums, the crowds are very good. I like to play under pressure and that’s why I’ve come here – because it brings out the best in me.”