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Marko Grujic determined to make it at Liverpool as Hertha loan flourishes

Marko Grujic, 22, has played just 14 games for Liverpool in three years but is still held in high regard by the club.

Liverpool will welcome a revelation to their squad at the end of the season, a player from the "top shelf" of the transfer market. A 22-year-old considered to be the best midfielder at an established Bundesliga club, an integral figure who has only lost one league game all season.

The Merseysiders' recruitment team knows him well, as do their coaching staff and most of the squad.

His name? Marko Grujic -- Jurgen Klopp's first signing as Liverpool manager.

The midfielder, on loan at Hertha...

Dortmund made to pay for inexperience by ruthless Tottenham at Wembley

A stunned Jadon Sancho said he had "no words" after Borussia Dortmund's second half collapse at Wembley saw them lose 3-0 to Tottenham in the first leg of their Champions League round of 16 clash. But if the 18-year-old Englishman continues his German studies, he'll soon come across the perfect idiom to sum up what happened to the Bundesliga leaders on Wednesday night: Lehrgeld.

Lehrgeld is historical term which describes the fees which apprentices had to pay their masters in consideration for being...

Sancho exclusive: 'I'm happy that I've opened doors' for young English players with Dortmund move

Jadon Sancho discussed his development at Borussia Dortmund, how he's maturing and the influence Marco Reus has had on his career.

DORTMUND, Germany -- A different club, a different league, a different town, a different country. Life, in football and beyond, has changed so much for Jadon Sancho since his move to Borussia Dortmund 20 months ago that it can be a bit a difficult to take it all in.

"If you'd asked me three years ago where I'd be today, I couldn't give you an answer," the 18-year-old told ESPN in a TV studio buried beneath the Signal Iduna Park main stand, with a huge smile on his face.

"I wouldn't have thought...

James wants out and Bayern aren't impressed: why his time in Munich is coming to an end

Serge Gnabry scored twice for Bayern Munich and Kingsley Coman provided the winner in extra time as Bayern defeated Hertha Berlin 3-2.

After Bayern Munich had narrowly beaten Hertha BSC in the German Cup, Niko Kovac went out of his way to praise the performance of James Rodriguez.

"He played really well," said the Croatian manager. "His composure on the ball in tight spaces was very important in a game of many 50-50 duels. With him, we have a lot more quality."

There was, of course, an element of PR involved. James, Kovac implied a few weeks ago, is one of those players who takes criticism very personally and needs to feel...

Pressure mounts on Bayern's future at midfield after Callum Hudson-Odoi miss

Bayern Munich's clumsy attempts to extricate Callum Hudson-Odoi from the increasingly volatile mess that is Maurizio Sarri's Chelsea this winter have livened up an otherwise rather uneventful transfer window in Germany.

The saga was interesting -- for Bayern supporters, at least -- because it touched upon a number of important issues all once. First of all, it saw sporting director Hasan Salihamidzic's trying, and failing, to make a name for himself as a shrewd operator who brings in the kind of...

RB Leipzig striker Timo Werner has an extremely bright future; now, where will he spend it?

Timo Werner has 58 Bundesliga goals and nine goals for Germany at the age of 22.
Timo Werner has 58 Bundesliga goals and nine goals for Germany at the age of 22.

There were no replica shirts for sale in the late 1970s and early '80s, but a budding teenager and enthusiastic VfB Stuttgart supporter named Jurgen Klopp still found a way to wear the number "4" of his idol Karlheinz Forster on his back. Klopp's grandmother Anna had knitted him a white jumper in the style of VfB's kit.

Will Klopp hand Forster one of his shirts in return some four decades later? The former Germany centre-back, now 60, works as an agent now, and his most marketable player at the...