It took less than 20-minutes for Liverpool new boy Marko Grujic to open his account for the Reds. A sublime bit of work from Alberto Moreno saw the Spaniard put the ball on a plate for his new teammate and the 19-year old made no mistake, smashing home the opener as the Anfield outfit put five unanswered goals past League One side Fleetwood Town.
“The game was incredible,” enthused the youngster when asked to describe how he was feeling following the match. “I’m so proud of my team and my teammates to give me the chance to play for this club and in my first game I scored – my dreams have come true and I feel very happy and proud,” continued Grujic, obviously full of emotion. “When I came here I only wanted to be with these guys, these 20 players, and now the coach gave me the chance to play in the first XI and to score, and I’m so happy.”
A wave of plaudits for the big midfielder flowed in following the final whistle with Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp quick to join the chorus as well as urge the Reds support to give him time as he adapts to life in the hustle and bustle of the Premier League. Grujic is sure to face stiff competition for a spot in midfield this season, but he isn’t getting ahead of himself and is taking life at Anfield in stride — one day at a time, and one match at a time.
“In the next games we will try to get better and better,” explained the Serbian midfielder. “Then we will go to the USA and play against some of the best teams,” said Grujic, looking forward to the meeting with the likes of Chelsea and AC Milan in the International Champions Cup. “Then we come back and play against Barcelona, which will be a good test for us and we will start the season ready.”