It has been a tricky start for Liverpool midfielder Marko Grujic out on loan at Porto.

So far Grujic has struggled to establish himself in the starting 11 with the Portuguese giants.

He has made just two starts so far. The first came in a 3-2 loss against mid-table Pacos de Ferreira, when he was hooked at half time.

The second was last night in an away game against Marseille in the Champions League. Grujic was sent off for two bookable offences within nine minutes of each other.

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Aside from that, Grujic has three substitute appearances to his name, totaling 44 minutes on the pitch.

He hasn’t been able to force his way into the side on a regular basis, and last night’s red card won’t help his chances.

Grujic is perhaps fortunate it didn’t cost his team, with Marseille picking up a red card of their own minutes later in the process of conceding a penalty which allowed Porto to make it 2-0, which is how the scoreline ended up.

There’s been no suggestion of any injury as mitigation, although the fact he arrived without a pre-season can’t have helped.

Goal reported in August that Liverpool were ready to sell the midfielder and wanted £20 million from any potential suitor.

That didn’t materialise and Jurgen Klopp eventually decided to give him another loan spell away from Anfield.

Now 24, he needs to make this period away count and a red card on his second start means a poor opening to his loan spell just got worse.

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