Qualifying for a European competition would reportedly increase Hertha BSC's chances of keeping Liverpool's Marko Grujic on loan for another season.
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Marko Grujic could get to spend another season on loan at Hertha BSC from Liverpool.
According to Sport Bild, 'The Reds' are inclined to send the 22-year-old out on loan again - but they would like to see him participate in a European competition.
Thus, if Hertha manage to qualify for the Europa League, that would increase their chances of extending the loan deal.
Hertha BSC sporting director Michael Preetz recently said that he is hopeful of keeping Grujic, and the 22-year-old himself has expressed interest in spending another season on loan at the club.
A sixth place finish would mean that Hertha would take part in next season's Europa League qualifying phase. The German capital club are currently sitting ninth in the Bundesliga - three points behind sixth-placed VfL Wolfsburg.
Grujic has made 10 appearances for Hertha this season, scoring two goals.