Speaking to Football Insider, former Premier League striker Kevin Phillips has conceded that Liverpool fringe player Marko Grujic’ days at Anfield may be numbered following James Pearce’ reveal that he is currently enjoying life at Hertha Berlin.
Grujic, who signed from Red Star Belgrade in a £5.1 million deal back in 2016, has since gone on to play just 14 games for us in all competitions – only managing to register one assist in that time according to Transfermarkt.
Recently, the Athletic journalist Pearce revealed that Grujic, while currently in footballing limbo due to recent events along with the rest of Europe, has managed to kick a ball before any of his Liverpool teammates thanks to the reopening of Hertha’s training ground Schenckendorffplatz.
Since re-signing on loan at the Bundesliga side, following on from his first stint with the club during the 2018/2019 season, Grujic has played 20 games for the club in the league this campaign – scoring three goals and notching an assist according to WhoScored.
Will Grujic leave Liverpool?
However, even though Grujic’s time at Hertha Berlin could be deemed positive if he is to have a future at Liverpool, former Premier League striker Phillips has hinted that the 2016 transfer has ‘just not worked out’ after all – with the pundit going on to state that he could very well stay in Germany.
Phillips, during his playing career, scored 250 goals in 457 league starts for 10 different clubs according to SoccerBase, and now the 46-year-old has gone to have his say over Grujic’s future on Merseyside.
“Where Liverpool are at the moment with this crop of players you would have to suggest it is one where he stays in Germany or goes somewhere else,” said Phillips to Football Insider.
“Somebody in the Premier League may take a gamble on him but it has just not worked out for him.
“It would be great to see him come back and perform but I do not see it happening.
“In the background, I imagine they will be looking to do a deal. The kid might be happy at Hertha Berlin and he may end up staying there.”
Indeed, whether or not Grujic does opt to make the loan move permanent, it appears Phillips may have a point in his verdict – especially when taking into account his game time in the Bundesliga.