Liverpool sell midfielder Marko Grujic to Porto

Liverpool midfielder Marko Grujic has made a permanent transfer to Porto, the Premier League club have announced.

Serbian international Grujic, 25, Jurgen Klopp’s first signing as Liverpool manager in 2016, has made just 16 appearances in all competitions during five years at Anfield.

Liverpool said on their official website: “The Serbian international returns to the Portuguese club after making 39 appearances and scoring two goals in a loan spell in 2020-21.”

“Grujic has joined Klopp’s squad for this month’s pre-season training camp in Austria and will now bid farewell to join Porto permanently.”

Grujic, who also spent two seasons on loan at Hertha Berlin, agreed to join Liverpool from Red Star Belgrade in January 2016 before completing the transfer later in the year.

His eight Premier League appearances for Liverpool were all as a substitute and he has been featured on eight other occasions. He spent the second half of the 2017-18 season on loan at Cardiff.

Forward Taiwo Awoniyi made a permanent transfer to Union Berlin, returning to the Bundesliga club with which he spent the 2020-21 season on loan, helping them to finish seventh.

Awoniyi joined Liverpool in the summer of 2015 and spent the majority of his six years with the Reds on loan at various European clubs.

He has worked with FSV Frankfurt, NEC Nijmegen, Royal Excel Mouscron (twice), KAA Gent, FSV Mainz 05 and most recently with Union Berlin last season.

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