Hertha chief confirms ‘extraordinary’ Marko Grujic set to return to Liverpool/Pedro Chirivella exit confirmed

Marko Grujic

Hertha Berlin sporting director Michael Preetz has today opened up on the impact made by Marko Grujic at the club, as well as confirming the date upon which the on-loan Liverpool man is set to return to Anfield.

Hertha stint

24-year-old Grujic was the first signing of the Jurgen Klopp era at Liverpool, making the move to Merseyside from boyhood club Red Star Belgrade for a fee of around £5 million.

However, his tender years, coupled with the competition for places at Anfield, have since seen Grujic go on to manage just 8 Premier League appearances for the Reds.

The all-action midfielder has been farmed out on a quartet of loans, the latest of which saw Grujic return to the Bundesliga for a 2nd season with Hertha Berlin last summer.

And, after impressing during his debut campaign at the Olympiastadion Berlin, Grujic has since gone on to play an integral role in Hertha’s midfield ranks once again this time around.

The Serb has earned starts in 25 of the German outfit’s 30 Bundesliga fixtures, notching 4 goals in the process, including the opener during a Man of the Match display in his side’s 2-2 draw with RB Leipzig late last month.

‘This loan agreement made sense’

Despite Grujic’s starring displays for Hertha, however, it has, for some time, remained altogether unclear whether Jurgen Klopp actually has any plans to integrate the 24-year-old into Liverpool’s ranks in the middle of the park.

Klopp currently has all of Jordan Henderson, Gini Wijnadum, Naby Keita, Fabinho and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain to call on, meaning carving out consistent minutes for himself at Anfield next season would likely prove a struggle for Grujic.

Marko Grujic

LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND – AUGUST 07: Marko Grujic of Liverpool holds off Tomas Rincon of Torino during the pre-season friendly match between Liverpool and Torino at Anfield on August 7, 2018 in Liverpool, England. (Photo by Jan Kruger/Getty Images)

One individual who is of the opinion that Liverpool will be taking back a considerably superior player to the one they originally farmed out to the Bundesliga 2 years ago, though, is Michael Preetz.

Speaking earlier today, Hertha sporting director Preetz was drawn on Grujic’s time at the club, as well as his imminent return to Merseyside.

And, after confirming that his side’s midfield loanee is set to link back up with the European champions at the end of the month, the German moved to lavish praise on Grujic, explaining:

‘It is 100 per cent certain that the loan agreement between us and Liverpool and the contract with Marko Grujic will end on June 30.’

‘It has been agreed by both clubs that he will return to Liverpool. The conclusion of this loan agreement over the past two years is very positive and it has had positive effects on everyone who has been involved.’

‘Liverpool will get back a player who is definitely more experienced than he has been before, because he earned very important game practice.’

‘And we also had profit out of this past two years with Marko. Marko is a player who is present in both penalty boxes. Just in his first year he played extraordinary. Now after the restart he is getting back into his good shape.’

‘He is just a very good player. So for me this loan agreement definitely made sense.’

Quotes via Goal

Chirivella on the move

In other Liverpool-related news, the Reds have this evening confirmed the imminent departure of Pedro Chirivella.

23-year-old defensive midfielder Chirivella has been on Liverpool’s books since 2013, but, much like Grujic, has struggled to carve out any sort of meaningful role for himself with the soon-to-be Premier League champions.

As such, the former Spanish youth international has come to the decision to try his luck elsewhere, with Liverpool having confirmed a short time ago that Chirivella is set to join Ligue 1 outfit Nantes as a free agent this summer:

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This article was edited by Josh Barker.