Hertha Berlin have pledged to help Marko Grujic “reach the level that Liverpool play” if they sign him on loan for another season.
Grujic was Jurgen Klopp’s first signing as Liverpool manager in January 2016, joining from Red Star Belgrade for around £5m.
But he has struggled to establish himself on Merseyside, making just 14 appearances in all competitions and being sent out on loan to Cardiff and Hertha.
Both loan spells saw varying degrees of success, with the latter particularly fruitful. Grujic was referred to as “by far the best midfielder I’ve seen in my time at the club” by head coach Pal Dardai in December, and the club remain keen to keep him on.
It was reported that Klopp was ready to let the 23-year-old go for €40m (£34.7m), but Hertha have promised to help him “reach the level that Liverpool play” with one more season on loan.
“I’ll keep the ball rolling and our goal is to extend the loan by one year,” Preetz told the club’s AGM.
“We have a permanent exchange with Liverpool FC and have had some personal talks with Jurgen Klopp over the past week about Marko.
“Liverpool will sit down after the Champions League final to discuss the squad for the next season. We think Marko would do well for another season in Berlin to reach the level that Liverpool play.
“Marko himself would like to stay. I cannot promise anything – only that I will try everything that the boy plays next year in Berlin.”
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