Liverpool midfielder Marko Grujic could remain on loan at Hertha Berlin for longer than planned, report the Liverpool Echo.
Grujic moved to the Bundesliga club in the summer, with first-team opportunities hard to come by at Anfield.
He signed a new contract with the Reds shortly before moving out on loan, however, suggesting there is a future for him on Merseyside.
The Echo report states as much, with Jurgen Klopp thought to view the 22-year-old as “first-team material” next season.
Grujic has told SportBild that he sees his future with Liverpool but intends to stay with Hertha for an extra 12 months if they qualify for the Europa League:
In the long term I would like to prevail at Liverpool.
But if we qualify for the Europa League with Hertha, I see a good chance that I will stay one more year.
The German side are currently seventh in the Bundesliga, one point adrift of the European places.
It will be interesting to see what happens should Hertha make in into the Europa League, with Klopp seemingly keen to bring Grujic back next summer.
There is lots of depth in Liverpool’s midfield, though, and the situation is likely to be reassessed further down the line.