Liverpool midfielder Marko Grujic rejoins Hertha Berlin on season-long loan

Marko Grujic also spent the 2018-19 season on loan at Hertha Berlin from Liverpool
Image: Marko Grujic also spent the 2018-19 season on loan at Hertha Berlin from Liverpool

Marko Grujic has rejoined Hertha Berlin on a season-long loan from Liverpool.

Sky sources understand Hertha beat fellow German clubs Frankfurt and Werder Bremen to Grujic's signature, while Brighton and Atalanta acted too late in their interest in the 23-year-old.

Hertha will pay Liverpool a £2m loan fee plus £500k in potential bonuses, while the deal also includes full-wage coverage.

Grujic spent the 2018-19 season on loan at Hertha, starting 22 Bundesliga games and scoring five times.

The midfielder was described as "by far the best midfielder I've seen in my time [22 years] at the club" by Pal Dardai, who recently left his role as Hertha's head coach.

Though Dardai has departed, Grujic feels Hertha is set up to play him in his position and help further his development.

Marko Grujic scored five goals in 22 Bundesliga appearances for Hertha Berlin last season
Image: Grujic scored five goals in 22 Bundesliga appearances for Hertha Berlin last season

Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp is understood to be impressed with Grujic's attitude and maturity in choosing Hertha again, while the Serbia international is expected to return to Anfield and be an important part of the squad for the 2020-21 season.

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Klopp also believes it is significant that both the clubs Grujic has been on loan at in recent seasons - Cardiff as well as Hertha - were both desperate to keep him again for the following season.

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