New Liverpool signing Marko Grujic almost backed out of his transfer to Anfield due to suffering from claustrophobia.
The 19-year-old Serbian became Jurgen Klopp’s first signing after his £5.1 million deal from Red Star Belgrade, where he will return on loan until the end of the season.
But the deal almost collapsed when Grujic refused to undergo an hour-long MRI scan as part of his medical.
“I am very claustrophobic, so it was very scary for me to lie for one hour in the dark in the MRI scanner,” he said.
“When I heard that the MRI scan was compulsory, I was very close to saying that I didn’t want to do it! I was really afraid. I couldn’t stay inside it for one minute!
“I called the doctor and raised a bit of panic so they were persuading me for around 20 minutes before I finally accepted to go inside it again. Finally, I bit the bullet and I got on with it. They made some special conditions for me.
“After that, I went to Melwood, signed the deals and they took photos of me.”
It is yet to be seen whether Grujic can make the step up from Serbian SuperLiga to the Premier League but Klopp has already outlined what he expects from his first signing by putting him on a personalised plan ahead of his arrival Merseyside.
“I also got some responsibilities for the next part of the season. They gave me a programme for the upcoming period which I will have to adhere to. Now, I will concentrate on Red Star and be the same old Marko Grujic,” he said.
“He (Klopp) told me that it was very important for me to stay focused during the upcoming six months – that this is only the first step in my career and that I shouldn’t relax too much.
“He also told me that I should pay attention to what I eat, and that even though our league break will be 5-6 weeks I shouldn’t rest for more than two weeks and come prepared for the start of the pre-season with LFC."
It’s remains unclear as to how Grujic will fit into this current Liverpool side but fans will be hoping the midfielder shows a bit more bravery on the pitch than he did during his medical.