Saturday 24 September 2016

Marko Grujic's move to Liverpool almost collapsed because he is claustrophobic

Published 10/01/2016 | 21:12

New signing Marko Grujic of Liverpool is unveiled at Melwood Training Ground on January 6, 2016 in Liverpool, England. (Photo by John Powell/Liverpool FC via Getty Images)
New signing Marko Grujic of Liverpool is unveiled at Melwood Training Ground on January 6, 2016 in Liverpool, England. (Photo by John Powell/Liverpool FC via Getty Images)

New Liverpool signing Marko Grujic as revealed that his move to Anfield almost collapsed because he is claustrophobic.

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Grujic became Jurgen Klopp's first signing last week when Liverpool fought off interest from Russian clubs CSKA Moscow and Zenit St Petersburg to complete a £7m deal for the Serbian.

But, in an interview with the Liverpool Echo, Grujic has admitted that the deal was far from straight forward.

“I am very claustrophobic, so it was very scary for me to lie for one hour in the dark in the MRI scanner,” he told the Liverpool Echo.

“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.”

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