Liverpool have officially announced the signing of 19-year-old Serbian starlet Marko Grujic for a fee of around £5.1m.
The central midfielder arrived in Liverpool on the weekend for a medical after having already agreed a five-year contract with the Reds.
Grujic told the club’s official website:
“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 U21 international was a member of Serbia’s FIFA U20 World Cup winning side in 2015 and has been praised in his homeland for possessing a great passing game, combined with excellent vision.
Jurgen Klopp was delighted with his first acquisition adding, echoing the praise the Serbian has been recieving in his homeland:
“We’re very pleased because Marko is a big talent and we’ve seen him a lot of times.
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.
“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.”