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Claustrophobia almost saw Grujic Liverpool move collapse

Marko Grujic has head back to Red Star on loan. Photo: PA

New Liverpool signing Marko Grujic says his move to the Premier League almost fell through due to his claustrophobia.

The Serbian need to undergo an MRI scan as part of the medical in the deal to take him from Red Star Belgrade to Anfield, but the midfielder didn't want to enter the machine due to his fear of confined spaces.

After first refusing to go inside contraption he was eventually convinced to complete the medical by staff.

There's not much space in an MRI scanner. Credit: PA

"I am very claustrophobic, so it was very scary for me to lie for one hour in the dark in the MRI scanner," Grujic told the Liverpool Echo.

"When I heard that the MRI scan was compulsory, I was very close to saying that I didn't want to do it! I was really afraid. I couldn't stay inside it for one minute!

"I called the doctor and raised a bit of panic so they were persuading me for around 20 minutes before I finally accepted to go inside it again."