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Marko Grujic looks set to become Jurgen Klopp's first signing at Liverpool

Published 09/12/2015 | 09:42

Marko Grujic. GETTY IMAGES
Marko Grujic. GETTY IMAGES

Marko Grujic looks set to become Jurgen Klopp's first signing at Anfield after the player himself actually revealed he is in talks with the club over a move.

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Chelsea had been linked with a £3m bid for the Red Star Belgrade Star, while Inter Milan and Roma are also keen on the £5m-rated midfielder.

Liverpool scouts watched the midfielder score in Red Star's 7-2 win over Cukaricki in the Serbian Super League on Saturday and, according to the Express, they met the player and his agent for talks after the game.

Although Liverpool are keen on the player, a deal is unlikely to be completed until the end of the season.

"It is certain that I remain here until the end of qualifying for the Champions League," he said. "I had a talk with Liverpool, but I did not receive yet any agreement. I'm still a Red Star player.

"I'll try to respect the club, the fans and the general public, but I think that for myself I have to choose the best environment, where I will get the chance to play and where I work with good coaches in good conditions."

The 19-year-old is under contract at Red Star until the summer of 2018.

Grujic, who won the U20 World Cup in New Zealand this year, has scored five goals this season.

Klopp is hoping to poach one of his former players from Borussia Dortmund with Mats Hummels on his shoppist list.

The Liverpool boss signed the Germany international in 2008 and remains a key follower of his work.

According to ITA SportPress, Klopp is keen to become reunited with the 26-year-old and has contacted Dortmund about a possible transfer.

While Klopp would love to sign the midfielder sooner rather than later, it is unlikely that Dortmund would part with their captain midway through the campaign.

Finally, Liverpool right-back Connor Randall looks set to sign a new long-term contract at Anfield.

Young goalkeeper Ryan Fulton is also set to sign a fresh contract.

England youth international Randall was handed his senior debut by Klopp in October’s Capital One Cup tie with Bournemouth.

The 20-year-old also started last week’s 6-1 thrashing of Southampton which set up a two-legged semi-final with Stoke City.

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