Phobia almost prevented Serbian starlet from joining Liverpool

Liverpool got their hands on the highly-rated Marko Grujic. But a phobia nearly prevented the Serbian Starlet from joining The Reds, according to the Liverpool Echo.

Grujic became Jurgen Klopp’s first signing at Anfield, joining Liverpool from Red Star Belgrade in a deal worth £5.1 million. The 19-year-old was required to undergo a MRI scan during a medical, but that almost put off the transfer completely.

“I am very claustrophobic, so it was very scary for me to lie for one hour in the dark in the MRI scanner,” Grujic said. “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.”


Grujic will spend the rest of the season on loan at his current club, Red Star Belgrade. The 19-year-old revealed that he needed to convince Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp to approve his loan in order to realise a childhood dream of winning a league title with his boyhood club.

Grujic not only plans to exit Red Star having won them the league title, but also in a better financial position. It’s been reported that Liverpool will pass on 10 percent of any future transfer fee to Red Star.

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