Marko Grujic was part of the Serbia side that won the FIFA U-20 World Cup 2015 in New Zealand and is one of Red Star Belgrade’s latest generation of talented youngsters.
The 22-year-old is a central midfielder who is equally comfortable in defence and attack. At 1.91 metres tall, he is a physically imposing player with an aerial prowess that is matched by his agility and strong passing game.
Grujic was the standout performer in his first professional season with Red Star, helping his team to win a record 19 successive matches. He then signed for Liverpool before being loaned out to Cardiff City, where he established himself and attracted the attention of Serbia coach Mladen Krstajic. While his stature and position previously prompted comparisons with Paul Pogba, many in Serbia now refer to him as the next Nemanja Matic.