Jurgen Klopp’s first signing at club, Marko Grujic has revealed his desire to wear jersey number 35 or 88, rather than No.8 left by the legendary Steven Gerrard. He joined Liverpool from Red Star Belgrade and the club director Zvezdan Terzic spoke earlier that he could take the famous No.8 jersey at Anfield.
However, the 19-year-old Serbian has declined the idea of filling the big shoes, so soon. Instead, he prescribed two other Jersey numbers which he would be glad to take.
“It would be very difficult.” He told goal.
“I thought it was possible, but no player in the world, to come from Real Madrid or Barcelona, would want this burden.”
“It is better to start slowly and then build. I will have maybe 35, like at the beginning with Star, or 88 – definitely something that has to do with an eight.”
His friendly decline to inherit the jersey number is seen as a modest way of ignoring the pressure mounting upon him. As Jurgen Klopp’s first signing, expectations are huge on the young Serbian, provided he has performed impressingly in Junior level.
Liverpool signed him from Serbian football club Red star Belgrade for a fee of Seventy-four-hundred thousand. He was sent back to the club on loan until the end of the season. Steven Gerrard left the club last season to join MLS and the rumours were flying for his infamous jersey number. Adam Lallana, Henderson were the prominent players who were speculated of taking it.
Grujic had won the FIFA U-20 World Cup with Serbia and a lot of European elites were on the heel, before the youngster opted to join the Merseyside club. He started his senior career with Read Star Belgrade in 2012 and had since played thirty three times for the club, scoring five times in the process.