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Marko Grujic representing Serbia Under-20s.

Liverpool agree five-year contract with Serbia starlet Marko Grujic

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Liverpool have agreed a five-year contract with Serbian starlet Marko Grujic ahead of a £5 million move to Anfield from Red Star Belgrade, according to the Liverpool Echo.

The highly sought-after 19-year-old looks set to be Jurgen Klopp's first signing at Anfield with a medical due to take place later this week.

Operating as central midfielder, the 6ft 3in youngster has represented Serbia youth sides from Under-16 to Under-21.

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With the Reds falling victim to a 20% sell-on clause in Raheem Sterling's contract that will see them lose nearly £10 million in the sale to Manchester City, fans will reluctantly read that Grujic's contract will see up to 10% of a future fee go to his current club.

Inter Milan, Chelsea and Manchester United have all expressed interest in the teenager, though Klopp is believed to have won the race and will soon reveal his first transfer.

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The Serbian will likely play backup to Emre Can in midfield once he arrives on Merseyside, but with the team currently underperforming could stake a substantial claim to be included in the first-team.

And what better place to learn your trade than at Anfield under Klopp - a manager renowned for developing promising youth prospects into world-class players.

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You need look no further than Marco Reus, Robert Lewandowski and Ilkay Gundogan as evidence of this; Liverpool fans will hope their eccentric manager can work the same magic with Grujic.

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