Liverpool midfielder Marko Grujić has joined Cardiff City on loan for the rest of the season. The move has been confirmed by various sources, including both clubs.
Marko Grujić Joins Cardiff City on Loan
Marko Grujic has joined @CardiffCityFC on loan until the end of the season, subject to international clearance
— Liverpool FC (@LFC) January 17, 2018
The 21-year-old midfielder has rarely been getting chances to play for the first team. Since he arrived from Red Star Belgrade in 2016, Grujić appeared in only 13 competitive games.
This season he made ten appearances in total, six for the first team and four for the U23 team.
Not quite yet first-team material, he is obviously deemed too good to continue playing for Neil Critchley’s U23s. Therefore, a loan move to a top-half Championship side makes perfect sense.
There have been reports about several Premier League clubs being interested. Liverpool, however, wish to ensure Grujić will be starting games. A squad role wouldn’t be of much use to the youngster’s development.
Marko Grujić is a tall (6’3″) strong midfielder, with a lot of spirit and quite a lot of talent too. He packs a powerful shot, which he showcased several times by scoring stunning goals in pre-season.
Now it seems Jürgen Klopp wants Grujić to step up his development and show what he can do when playing every week. With the recent acquisition of Virgil van Dijk, and the imminent arrival of Naby Keita, the Reds will be aiming very high from next season on. The two newcomers will add to a very strong team already. It will then be up to Grujić to show whether he has a place in that team. But for now, he needs to gain some invaluable experience.
— Cardiff City FC (@CardiffCityFC) January 17, 2018
Cardiff City currently sit in third place in the Championship and are after Premier League promotion. There is very little doubt the presence of Marko Grujić will be of substantial help in their efforts.
He will return in the summer, and his development level will then be assessed again.