On-loan Liverpool man Marko Grujic is open to extending his stay with Bundesliga outfit Hertha Berlin on one condition — Hertha manage to qualify for the Europa League this season.
“In the long term I would like to prevail at Liverpool,” Grujic told SportBild in an exclusive interview via the Liverpool Echo.
“But if we qualify for the Europa League with Hertha, I see a good chance that I will stay one more year.”
Grujic, who was described by Hertha boss Pal Dardai as “the best midfielder we have had in 20 years”, is enjoying a productive loan spell in the German capital, with the highlight coming against Frankfurt yesterday where he scored his first goal to take Hertha into a Europa League spot.
Although competition for places in midfield is fierce at Liverpool, Klopp is a big admirer of Grujic and intends for the Serbian to be involved in his first-team plans next season, although it’s hard to see the manager having any qualms if Grujic wanted to extend his stay away.
The 22-year-old has admittedly struggled at Anfield since his £5.1m from Red Star Belgrade back in 2016, although he looks to be back on track after a successful promotion winning campaign with Cardiff on loan last year and what looks set to be a productive year away in Berlin this season.
Having turned down interest from Cardiff, Crystal Palace, Torino, Middlesbrough, Lyon and CSKA Moscow for his services, Grujic is clearly a man in high demand wherever his long-term future lies.