Midfielder Marko Grujic leaves Liverpool and signs with FC Porto on a permanent basis. Both clubs have confirmed the transfer, and Grujic has returned to Portugal after his time at Anfield.
Grujic spent the last season on loan at FC Porto from Liverpool and his outstanding display for them has made the club acquire him permanently.
The 25-year-old returns to the Portuguese club following a season in which he made 39 appearances and scored two goals. Grujic will be one of their most essential performers as they aim to build on their second-place result from the previous season.
Grujic had also been pursued by Sassuolo and Sporting Lisbon, but his desire to return to Porto saw the transfer through, with Liverpool reportedly receiving £10.5 million for the sale.
Marko Grujic was Jurgen Klopp’s first acquisition as Liverpool coach in 2016, joining for £5 million from Red Star Belgrade, and making 14 appearances in all competitions for the Reds.
Over the seasons, Grujic would spend the majority of his tenure outside of Liverpool. He was a mainstay in the Bundesliga and had loan stints at Cardiff City and Hertha Berlin. Grujic made two appearances in Liverpool’s League Cup campaign before joining Porto on loan last year, scoring his sole goal for the Reds in a 7-2 hammering of Lincoln City.
Grujic accompanied Liverpool for a pre-season training camp in Austria earlier this month but will now join Porto on a permanent basis.
I did everything to return to FC Porto: Marko Grujic
Talking to FC Porto’s website, Marko Grujic shared his happiness after joining the club permanently. He stated that he is excited to be a part of the Portuguese club once again and also he did everything possible to ensure his successful transfer to the club.
“I’m really happy. I did everything I could to return to FC Porto and I am very happy that this day has arrived. The clubs reached an agreement and returning to FC Porto was the most important thing for me, as I felt very good here last season,” said Marko Grujic.