9 Premier League matches into his career at Liverpool, Jurgen Klopp has not been any better than his predecessor Brendan Rodgers with both managers winning just 3 out of those matches this season. Results are everything in a league as competitive as this and the pressure is intense on the new manager who is now winless in 4 matches in all competitions.
But many have argued and rightly so that the German tactician should be given more time in order to get his players to buy into his philosophy. But the truth is Jurgen Klopp is playing with a team that was meant for a completely different style of play under the previous manager.
The first signs of how Klopp can effect the Liverpool transfer system which was accused previously of money balling is the news about a new signing even days before a transfer window. Red Star Belgrade general manager Zvezdan Terzic confirming that highly rated youngster Marko Grujic is set to complete a transfer to the Red of Merseyside in a move that was on the cards from a long time.
“We will in the next three days sign a contract with Liverpool. It was a record transfer,” he said, speaking to Radio Television of Republika Serbia. “Marko Grujic will sign a five-year contract with Liverpool where he will have a million and 200 thousand euros annual net income, which means that he will have six million from Liverpool,” continued the general manager before saying that he’ll be handed Steven Gerrard’s vacant shirt. “He’ll get eight on the back.” Zvezdan Terzic said.
The move is set to happen in January when the transfer window opens but with various media leaks about the £5mil deal, the move is supposedly heading towards a conclusion with Grujic remaining in Serbia till summer.
It is also expected that the 19-year-old will fly to England to finalize the deal and put pen to paper. However, the player still insists that nothing has been agreed.
Speaking to a reporter, Grujic said, “I find it strange that foreign media convey information that it’s already completed and I was set for medical examinations, the only truth is that I am on vacation,” he told Mondo. “I read in the paper that I had signed and it’s all finalized, that’s interesting… because even I did not know,” he continued but refused to clarify further. “I’m not ruling out the possibility that it happens, but I’m not saying if I’m on the brink of signing.”
The deal is all but done and the Liverpool fans are already excited about the prospect of watching a player put on a no.8 jersey after it is unused this season. The expectations of replacing a legend like Steven Gerrard will obviously be high but the eagerness of Klopp to sign the player amidst interest from top European Clubs shows his potential.
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