With a game at Anfield on the horizon, Liverpool may yet add another player to their squad before Arsenal visit.
The Gunners will be on Merseyside next Wednesday, and Serbian midfielder Marko Grujic is expected to be a Liverpool player before then. The 19-year-old arrived in Liverpool on Monday for a medical, but the deal is unlikely to be completed in time for him to feature in this week’s League Cup clash against Stoke City.
A powerful midfielder, the teenager broke into the Red Star Belgrade team last season and should provide cover for Jordan Henderson and Emre Can in the short term. Maybe he will make his debut in the FA Cup game against Exeter at the weekend, but he should definitely be available for a Premier League debut against Arsenal in just over a week.
A midfielder capable of goals and assists, he doesn’t seem to be what Liverpool need right now but that isn’t something I will complain about. Arsenal could have their very own midfielder making a Premier League debut at Anfield, with Mohamed Elneny expected to complete his move to the Gunners this week.
Unlike Grujic, Elneny has experience at the highest level and even played at Anfield in the Champions League last season for Basel. The Egyptian should – until Francis Coquelin returns – settle in to a midfield role alongside Aaron Ramsey, but may not be ready to start as soon as next week.
Perhaps we’ll see a new midfield battle in the Premier League a week from now, but we’ll probably have to wait for both Grujic and Elneny to be introduced from the bench.