One of the youngsters in the Liverpool squad who is expected to make a big name for himself could have been playing somewhere else this season. Marko Grujic, who was the first player signed by Jurgen Klopp in January 2016, was expected to join Chelsea rather than Liverpool.
According to the Times journalist Tony Barret, the 20-year-old midfield would have been part of the Blues had it not been for the sacking of Jose Mourinho last season.
“Grujic was recommended to Chelsea by their scouting department last year only for the proposed deal to go awry as a result of Jose Mourinho’s dismissal. Liverpool were left in pole position to complete the signing”.
This certainly comes as surprising news to many since most believed that Liverpool had taken a march on their rivals to sign the dynamic midfielder. In fact, Klopp even called Grujic and convinced him to sign for the Reds. The Serbian even stated that he had chosen the Merseyside club over others such as Real Madrid and Barcelona.
Chelsea could very well have gotten their man as they were also one of the clubs linked with a move for the highly rated 20-year-old.
Grujic, who can play in a number of positions, did get a few games for the Reds this season and has looked comfortable.
Performances getting better with each game
The midfielder has taken part in four games this season but his best performances have come in the EFL Cup. The 20-year-old was decent in the match against Tottenham in the last round and will hope that he can make it into the first team of the Liverpool side soon.
The Serbian is just one of a number of talented youngsters that are coming through the ranks at Anfield and it would not be a surprise to see him in the starting XI for most of the EFL and FA Cup games this season.
Grujic can play as a defensive midfielder or a box-to-box one as well. In Jurgen Klopp’s midfield setting, however, each player in the centre of the park has to move about and do a lot of passing and tackling. Grujic is known for his tough tackling and his composure with the ball at his feet.
The former Red Star Belgrade player might not be the complete package yet but he is in great hands under Klopp and should only get better with time. In all possibility, his move to Liverpool was actually good for him as playing for the Blues, he probably would not have gotten these many chances to impress in the starting XI.
Grujic has started off well and he needs to keep working hard if he is to catch the eye of Klopp for a role in the Premier League as well.
Bad news for Liverpool? Gary Neville claims Man City will have this advantage over the Reds during next two Premier League match days
Former Manchester United defender Gary Neville claims that Manchester City have an advantage over Liverpool in the next two rounds of the Premier League.
The Reds played before City in the last weekend and piled on the pressure after defeating Crystal Palace. City made light work of Huddersfield and will play before the Reds after the FA Cup and Carabao Cup games.
Neville was speaking to Sky Sports (h/t Express) and claimed playing first was preferable:
“[It makes] a big difference.
The Sky Sports pundit further claimed that during his playing days at United, the team felt playing first was an advantage. Getting the points first before their rivals was always preferred, according to Neville, and he believed City will put the pressure on Liverpool.
“Either go further in front or close the gap. There’s no doubt it’s a different type of pressure.
“City will absolutely want to be closing that gap to one point, and asking Liverpool have they got it in them to stand the pressure of playing the day after or two days after.”
City play Newcastle away a day before we host Leicester City. Pep Guardiola’s men then host Arsenal a day prior to us travelling to West Ham United.
The Premier League champions can cut the lead to just one point before we face Leicester, and it will be important for us to respond in the perfect manner, irrespective of City’s result.
Liverpool haven’t dropped many points this season, and if we win these two Premier League games, the pressure will be back on our rivals as the race for the title heats up.
“This makes me very happy”, “Extremely happy for him” – Some Liverpool fans excited as star Englishman returns to training in Dubai
Liverpool are off to the sunny shores of Dubai for a much-needed warm weather break. The Reds lead the Premier League but came off two tough wins in recent weeks.
The last one saw us just about defeat Crystal Palace at Anfield and a few players are doubtful for the clash against Leicester City.
Fabinho and Trent Alexander-Arnold are facing fitness issues, however, there was some good news for the Liverpool fans as Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain was caught training in Dubai.
Chambo!!! 😍 pic.twitter.com/PkpQ8FGpyK
— The Redmen TV (@TheRedmenTV) January 21, 2019
The Englishman picked up an ACL injury in our Champions League tie against AS Roma last season and has not played for the side since.
The Reds have missed his driving runs and goals this season. Who knows what the team could have done if Liverpool had Oxlade-Chamberlain playing from the first game in this campaign!
It would be fantastic if we can have the Ox back for some games during the later stage of the season as we look to win a trophy under Jurgen Klopp.
The Reds hold a four-point lead over Manchester City and have some tough games remaining this season.
Several fans were excited over Ox’s training and here are some of their reactions from Twitter.
— connor (@connor37610393) January 21, 2019
Besides my gf, this is the best possible thing I could’ve woken up to see!
— SarahBewley_Realty (@SarahB_MSRE) January 21, 2019
First week out on the pitch and He’s already back to a level where he would be Evertons best player
— Roy Carlton (@RoyCarlton2012) January 21, 2019
I’ve not been this excited about someone returning from injury in a while
— Jordan (@Jordan_LFC18) January 21, 2019
Looking good out there. Seems like the club have been doing a fantastic job with getting him back to fitness at the right pace (which is somehow still faster than expected). Probably help that Ox has such a great attitude and determination to get back on the pitch.
— Jonathan Ferreira (@KafkaPlaysCatan) January 21, 2019
@Fraservens97 come back soon
— Kole Matthews (@kole_matthews) January 21, 2019
— Cornelius Fillmore (@DHWalcott) January 21, 2019
Extremely happy for him
— Roberto FIRMINO (@obithrice01) January 21, 2019
— Dimitrije Tucović (@DimitrijeTucov3) January 21, 2019
— Leon Turberfield (@Turboman13R) January 21, 2019
This makes me very happy 😍😍😍
— Pal Kuner (@palkuner) January 21, 2019
“He sometimes sends me messages” – Virgil van Dijk cannot believe this Liverpool legend texts him prior to games
Liverpool star Virgil van Dijk has revealed that club legend Sir Kenny Dalglish messages the Dutchman before games.
Van Dijk is one of the best defenders in the world and has helped the Reds to the top of the Premier League.
The Dutchman joined the Reds from Southampton last year and told Liverpoolfc.com about spoke about the King being open with Van Dijk:
“Kenny Dalglish gave me his mobile number in the very beginning and told me to ring him at any time.
“It is unbelievable when he sometimes sends me messages before games. That is what Liverpool is about.”
The defender added that on match-days he gets to meet many legends and learn more about the club’s history.
The Dutch defender has possibly been the best player for the Reds this season, and could reach legendary status, just like Kenny if he keeps doing the job at the back.
It isn’t just Van Dijk who has been great, the rest of the Liverpool back-four has been fantastic in most games. The Dutchman is an incredible presence at the back, and he seems to make players better if they play alongside him.
The Reds have one of the best defences in Europe, and should we keep things tight at the back, there is a chance of winning silverware under Jurgen Klopp.
If the Dutchman helps us to the Premier League title, there is no doubt he would be considered as one of the best to have ever played for Liverpool.
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