Marko Grujic signs loan with 3rd goal of season – hints at transfer desire – Liverpool FC
Marko Grujic’s loan time at Porto has come to an end with the Liverpool midfielder scoring in a 4-0 win over Belenenses SAD, but he could still stay with the club.
Grujic has emerged as a key player for Porto in the final months of the campaign, starting six of the last nine Primeira Liga games and the two Champions League quarter-finals against Chelsea.
It comes despite his deal with the Portuguese side expiring, with Wednesday night marking the last game of the season.
He came home to Belenenses SAD, and Grujic topped him by scoring in the 28th minute, pulling low in the bottom corner of Joao Mario’s cut.
Following his efforts against Lincoln City and Famalicao, it was his third goal of the season, having played twice for Liverpool and 38 times for Porto.
Está feito o segundo no Dragão!
Incursão de João Mário pelo corredor direito a culminar com um cruzamento atrasado para Grujic que remate fortíssimo para o fundo das redes de Kritciuk.
– VSPORTS (@vsports_pt) May 19, 2021
The Serbian celebrated by kissing Porto’s badge, a possible sign that he would be keen to extend his stay with the club beyond the end of the season.
Portuguese publication Record claim Porto are looking to negotiate another loan with Liverpool, with Grujic himself keen to stay at Estadio do Dragao.
Unsurprisingly, however, the Reds are reportedly looking to move him permanently, and it is suspected that they will exclude Porto from the market.
Record suggest, however, that Liverpool’s price could put off other suitors as well, which could present a ‘favorable scenario’ for Porto as they seek to secure back-to-back loans.
Grujic has already spent the equivalent of four full seasons away from Anfield on loan – including two consecutive stints with Hertha Berlin – and the Reds are unlikely to be open to another temporary deal.
The player shouldn’t either, having already moved to Berlin before seeing his long-term stay prospects turned down and now clearly finding a new home in Porto.
Last summer, Liverpool valued Grujic at £ 20million, which did not attract any takers, and in a tough window they may have to reduce their demands to wipe out the 25-year-old’s payroll .