Marko Grujic is determined to continue showcasing his talents during pre-season after lighting up Liverpool’s friendly win over Tranmere Rovers with a superb long-range strike.
Midfielder Grujic scored the visitors' second goal at Prenton Park in some style as the Reds began their warm-up games for 2017-18 with a comfortable 4-0 victory.
After collecting a pass from Sheyi Ojo, the 21-year-old dipped inside onto his right foot and sent a low, curling effort into the bottom corner from 25 yards.
Free clip: Grujic's screamer at Tranmere
Grujic netted three times during pre-season a year ago but then saw his first campaign at Anfield interrupted by injury.
However, the No.16 feels he can stake his claim for a prominent role in Jürgen Klopp’s plans in the season ahead and has his sights set on impressing against Wigan Athletic at the DW Stadium this evening - a game you can watch live on LFCTV and LFCTV GO.
“It was a very nice victory for us and the first game of the new season. I’m happy to get a goal again in our first match and for us it was most important to give each player 45 minutes to get more fit,” Grujic told Liverpoolfc.com, following the match at Tranmere.
“We go again in training and get ready for the Wigan game on Friday.
“Of course this goal will give me more confidence. I will do a lot in this pre-season to show the manager and other members of staff that I can play.
“For the team it’s important to win all of these games in pre-season to get confidence for the start of European games and the Premier League as well.”
LFCTV GO: Grujic on his hopes for pre-season
Grujic, who represented his country at the U21 European Championship over the summer, believes Klopp’s pre-season training regime will leave Liverpool’s players in excellent shape come the start of the campaign.
“I just finished playing for Serbia U21s in the European tournament then I had a little break, and then we started again at Melwood,” he said.
“The first days were really tough, we did a lot and we will do a lot in Hong Kong and Germany as well, and we will start the season fresh and be better.”
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