Liverpool officially confirmed the signing of Serbia midfielder Marko Grujic on a five-year deal from Red Star Belgrade for a transfer fee of £5.1 million.
However, the 19-year old will be immediately loaned back to Red Star until the end of the season.
Marko Grujic thus becomes the first Liverpool signing for Jurgen Klopp and he is expected to bring in a few more new faces to the Merseyside.
Speculations also suggest that Liverpool is looking to bring Fiorentina striker Giuseppe Rossi on loan due to growing list of injuries in the squad.
Talking to Liverpool’s official website upon completion of the deal Grujic said that: “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.”
“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.”
The Serbia at U21 international was heavily chased by several European clubs like Inter Milan, Anderlecht and Stuttgart.
His form this season has been crucial for Red Star who sit comfortably at top of the Serbian Superliga. He scored 5 goals in 21 league appearances for Red Star since making his first senior appearance in 2013 at the age of 17.
He was also a member of under-20 World Cup winning squad for Serbia in 2015.
Klopp expressed his delight after sealing the deal and told the club’s official site that he is very please because he thinks Marko is a big talent.
“When I came here, our scouts showed me some footage of a very skilled player from Red Star Belgrade. We watched it, we spoke to him, we met each other – he’s a good boy, a young boy but plays an important role at the moment at Red Star, who are the best team in Serbia.” said the ex-Borussia Dortmund coach.
“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.”