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  • David Tyrer

Hertha & Besiktas keen to keep Grujic & Karius

Two Liverpool players that could remain on contract at Anfield, but end up playing their football on the continent next season, are Marko Grujic and Loris Karius.

The Serbian midfielder Grujic has been quite a catch for Hertha Berlin this season, widely being considered their best midfielder/player.

The 23-year old played 23 times for Hertha last season, scoring 5 goals as the team finished 11th and the club are very keen to keep the LFC player.

General Manager of the Berlin side, Michael Preetz, said: "I'll keep the ball rolling and our goal is to extend the loan by one year.

"We have a permanent exchange with Liverpool FC and have had some personal talks with Jurgen Klopp over the past week with Marko.

"Liverpool will sit down after the Champions League final to discuss the squad for the next season and we think Marko would do well for another season in Berlin to reach the level that Liverpool play Marko himself would like to stay in.

"I can not promise anything - only that I will try everything that the boy plays next year in Berlin."

Meanwhile, Karius, after struggling during the first few months of his loan move at Besiktas, has now reached a point where he'd be happy to stay on loan for another season.#

By the time the season's ended, the German goalie had played 34 games for the Turkish side across all competitions and now expects to stay at the club for another season next year.

He said: "This is a team game. I must not forget this, I am disappointed.

"Maybe we could have got a point. We have another game [before the end of the season] and a game to win.

"Then we will continue our preparations. I think that if all parties are happy and satisfied, I will continue. My contract with Besiktas continues."

The German had looked like he wanted to leave Turkey until a few months ago, so it's good to see two decent young (-ish) players doing well on loan and choosing to stay there.

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