Marko Grujic has revealed that winger Lazar Markovic convinced him to join Liverpool.
Grujic signed for the Reds in January for £5.1 million but has been loaned back to Red Star Belgrade for the remainder of the season.
However, the 19-year-old has admitted it was fellow Serb Markovic that persuaded him to join the Anfield club last month.
"I spoke with Lazar Markovic and he told me good things about the club,” he told the Liverpool Echo.
“He told me that Liverpool is a great club, that the pressure and expectations are enormous, and that the first two to three months are the most important.”
Markovic must have been extremely convincing because Grujic recently said that he wanted to sign for Liverpool over Real Madrid and Barcelona.
Grujic became Klopp's first signing as Liverpool manager and the youngster suggested that the German boss also played a big role in bringing him to the club.
The attraction of Klopp
The midfielder recalls how Klopp phoned him to express why he wanted to sign him for Liverpool.
“Everything started with the now famous phone call from Klopp,” he said.
“No-one told me that he was going to call. I was just sitting around when my phone started ringing and I saw a number on the screen starting with +44… England!
“When I answered I immediately recognised that German accent and that voice.
“He did most of the talking and told me about the plans that he had for me.
“When a coach like that calls you on the phone personally, that’s the greatest privilege. That call really cemented my desire to join Liverpool," he added.
Markovic's Liverpool future
Markovic, himself, arrived on Merseyside from Benfica last summer for a fee believed to be £20 million.
However, the 21-year-old struggled to play regular first-team football at Anfield last season, making just 19 appearances in the league.
Markovic is currently on loan from Liverpool to Turkish side Fenerbahce after being deemed surplus to requirements by former boss Brendan Rodgers.
But after Jurgen Klopp was appointed in October, he reportedly asked about the possibility of recalling the winger.
It’s understood Liverpool would have had to pay a fee for Markovic to return - something that the club was reluctant to do.
But it’s clear that Markovic has a future at Liverpool under Klopp with the former Borussia Dortmund boss insisting that his side lack wingers.
And he has certainly put himself in his manager’s good books with Grujic admitting that he convinced him to sign for the club.
The young Serb won’t be the only new signing arriving at the club at the end of the season as Klopp looks to build his own squad.
The club have already announced that Schalke’s Joel Matip will arrive on a free transfer and Klopp will be expected to make many more signings before the start of next season.
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