Marko Grujic has admitted that he is still adapting to life at Liverpool – and says next season could be the one where he truly breaks through at Anfield.
The Serb moved to Merseyside from Red Star Belgrade this summer, and has since been settling in to his new surroundings.
After a promising pre-season, in which he scored three goals, the midfielder has made one competitive appearance for the Reds so far, as a late substitute in the defeat at Burnley.
He has, however, been on the bench for all four of Liverpool’s Premier League games, and his physicality and quality on the ball are sure to be assets if and when he is called upon by Jurgen Klopp.
The 20-year-old has spoken about the work he put in at Melwood over the summer, work he believes will stand him in good stead in the future.
“It was hard in pre-season, especially for me because I have come from Serbia and our work here is at a higher level,” Grujic said.
“The running and exercises are harder and I’m still learning, but I’m sure I will adapt. I’m proud that I can work with the staff here and it will be OK.
“For the first season I just want to learn from these guys. I have the big pleasure of playing with some of the best footballers in the world. I want to get some minutes and games to try and improve myself for the future. I think next season will be the one where I show what I can do.”
And he sees similarities between the club he left and the club he joined.
“Red Star is a very, very big club, like Liverpool,” he added, speaking in the latest edition of the official Liverpool magazine.
“But both clubs are like family, and that’s why I chose to join Liverpool.
“I think there is the same harmony between club and fans and already everywhere that I’ve been around the city I just feel how Liverpool is such a big club.
“All around the world people support Liverpool, that really struck me on the summer tour, and there is incredible harmony between fans and players.”