Midfielder Marko Grujic claims the pressure of playing for Liverpool will help bring out the best in him after he tied up a £5.1million move from Red Star Belgrade.
The highly-rated, 19-year-old Serbia Under-21 international penned a four-year deal at Anfield, but will spend the rest of this season on loan with his current club in Belgrade before making the move to Liverpool in the summer.
Reds boss Jurgen Klopp revealed that his Serbian assistant, Zeljko Buvac, made him aware of Grujic’s qualities and the club managed to beat off competition from the likes of Russian clubs CSKA Moscow and Zenit St Petersburg for his signature.
The teenager subsequently becomes Klopp’s first signing since he replaced Brendon Rodgers in the hot-seat and he is now looking forward to helping his new club to success when he arrives ahead of next season.
“I’m very excited and so proud to be here and a member of Liverpool Football Club. I can’t wait to get started, play at Anfield and train at Melwood,” Grujic told liverpoolfc.com.
“I was thinking about my progress in my next period and decided it was good for me to come here and try to be the best I can.
“I want to play in front of one of the loudest set of fans in Europe at Anfield.
“I also like the atmospheres at other stadiums, the crowds are very good. I like to play under pressure and that’s why I’ve come here – because it brings out the best in me.”
The current Liverpool squad is 3.25 to secure a top four-finish in the Premier League this season so Grujic would have Champions League football to look forward to when he returns in July.