Seasoned cyncists will know that it’s far too early to get excited about Liverpool midfielder Marko Grujic, but as the giant Serbian bagged his second goal of pre-season by opening the scoring against Championship side Hudderfield Town, it was hard not to crack a little smile or, admittedly, jump out of your seat — though Reds boss Jurgen Klopp sounded a bit pensive with the visitors playing some dodgy looking football in the opening exchanges.
“This game was different,” said Reds boss Jurgen Klopp following the match. “In the first half we should have scored more – maybe we [did] score more with the second goal disallowed and then we missed a penalty and had a few chances. We played some wonderful combinations so it was really good,” added the manager. “But I was not too happy with the first 20 minutes, with the concentration level we showed.”
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The German might have been in an uncharacteristically grumpy mood, but the facts stand on their own — in four matches played, he’s watched on as the Anfield outfit scored ten goals without conceding a single one. Grujic, for his part, followed up his debut goal against Fleetwood Town with a perfectly executed left footed strike to again tip himself as a player to watch as the Reds move the festivities to the United States where they’ll face a serious step-up in the quality of opposition with matches against Chelsea, AC Milan and AS Roma on the books.
“In our first friendly game in the US I think we’ll have 15 or 16 players who could play 90 minutes then we’ll see how the English boys, the Welsh boys and so on are and make a decision,” explained Klopp. “The coaches will have a lot of work with the different groups in how they play and train, but that’s how it is, it’s no problem,” he added with a smile. “That’s the good thing with a training camp, you have nothing else to do. We’ve organised it very well so we can be fully concentrated on the things we have to do.”