Jurgen Klopp confirms Marko Grujic is in hospital and 'can't remember anything'
The 20-year-old played only the first half of the friendly against Chelsea.
Liverpool manager, Jurgen Klopp, has confirmed to the media that his young midfielder Marko Grujic is in hospital and is currently being observed and treated for what seems to be a concussion. The 20-year-old collided with Chelsea's Bertrand Traore towards the end of the first half.
Grujic - who was otherwise having a good game for the Merseyside club - is worrying his manager with not being able to recollect a lot of recent events. Speaking to the press post the game, Klopp – who was worried how rough the game was – said, “In general the biggest problem for me is that Marko Grujic is in hospital.”
“He can’t remember anything. That’s not too cool for a young boy in this situation.
“Injuries happen in pre-season. It can happen. It’s unlucky but it’s not too good for us.”
Apart from Grujic, Liverpool's new signing Ragnar Klavan was also victim to a rough tackle by Chelsea's Cesc Fabregas – who was subsequently sent off. “It was just a knock for Klavan. I think he will be okay," said Klopp.
“It was a normal intensity with a few hard challenges,” he added, discussing the game. The players are not in 100% shape so sometimes they can be a bit late with their challenges. That’s how it is."
Given these worries, Klopp was, however, optimistic about another one of his new signings Joel Matip – who was sidelined with an ankle injury.
“Matip will be ready for the start of the season,” Klopp said. “In the first two and a half weeks of pre-season he was really good. Now he’s been out for a week.
“He trained today so hopefully, he will be back in team training soon.”
Liverpool lost their game 1-0 to Chelsea thanks to a Gary Cahill goal from a corner. The Merseyside club suffered plenty of times last season by conceding goals from set pieces. Klopp has a little less than three weeks to ensure his team can prepare for teams that prepare especially to hit them in dead ball situations.