Jurgen Klopp praises Marko Grujic's performance vs Fleetwood

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Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp praised new signing Marko Grujic following his 'dream' debut for the club. 

Grujic found the back of the net as the Reds comfortably secured a 5-0 victory over Fleetwood Town at Highbury on Wednesday.

As well as Grujic's strike, goals from Ben Woodburn, Lucas Leiva and Roberto Firmino (two) helped Klopp's side get their pre-season regime off to a flying start. 


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But it's fair to say that Grujic - a January signing from Red Star Belgrade - stole the show. 

And Klopp was quick to praise him following the game but insists the midfielder still has a long way to go in the pursuit of glory. 

Klopp reacts 

"He scored a goal in his first game in the first situation – it is a dream," Klopp said. 

"You saw it, in a friendly game not often a player celebrates like him but obviously it was a big moment. It was nice to see.

"He is still a young lad – he is 20 years old and that means there is a lot to develop physically and, of course, in the football parts. But it was absolutely OK [his debut]."

Exciting Woodburn 

As mentioned, Woodburn, who is only 16-years-old, also found the back of the net for the Merseyside outfit and Klopp has admitted that his performance was "really nice to see".

He continued, as per "Woodburn is a natural offensive player. It is nice to see, really nice to see.

"We are ready to work with the boys, they will improve – and they have to improve – but it was absolutely fine. They still have to learn and they have to improve, of course, but they all can play football and that is really good to see.

"They are a little bit tired. Really good players, smart players, well educated – I am happy with this. I saw a few good things, chances we created and a few good defensive actions and good individual performances from one or two players."

Klopp admitted, however, that he wasn't satisfied with his team's performance in the first half and claims that there's still a lot of work required ahead of the new season. 

He added: "But we have to work, that is clear. In the first half especially, I was not happy with the team play. In a game like this, if the only situations you have are because of the individual quality of the player then something is wrong.

"Like we scored the goals in the second half – it was a nice pass, a good run, another nice pass and an easy goal. That is how football should work. We did better in the second half."

Liverpool fans: do you expect Grujic to become a star? Have your say below! 

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