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31st Jan 2016

New Liverpool wonderkid explains his unusual squad number request…

Avoiding pressure


This is probably a sensible move from Marko Grujic.

Despite wearing the No.8 shirt for Red Star Belgrade – where he has returned on loan after becoming Jurgen Klopp’s first Liverpool signing – the 19-year-old is planning to choose No.35 or No.88 at Anfield next season.

Grujic, who was recently named the 20th best under-20 player in the world, told a Serbian journalist that he doesn’t want the pressure of emulating Steven Gerrard in the No.8 jersey.


It’s a smart move in our opinion, as the weight of following in Gerrard’s footsteps would be enough to crush even the most experienced of players.