Liverpool’s Lazar Markovic looks to be remaining with the club for the time being, after rumours abound that he would be leaving for Turkey where he has previously competed before.
Markovic has been with Liverpool for years now, yet he has not made a competitive showing since July 2015. The rumour mill suggested that Markovic would be loaned to Fenerbahce again this season, as he was when he spent most of 2015 with the Turkish Club.
What lead to these rumours could possibly be the fact that the Turkish transfer window closes on the 8th of September, and that both management and players may not be too happy at the cost that this player has been for Liverpool, with not much given in return.
Despite Markovich featuring in temporary stints with both Hull City and Sporting Lisbon, he has failed to make any showings with Liverpool at all, except a pre-season friendly against the Tranmere Rovers, but that was back in July. Punters who enjoy placing soccer bets have kept a keen eye on him, but he has yet to deliver anything to the team.
Limited Club Interest
The 23 year old Serbian national is currently still training with Liverpool’s first team in Melwood. Somewhat surprisingly, he has been included as part of the squad of 25 players that make up the Premier League side that Liverpool will bring to the table.
Markovic has had some interest from other clubs though, including most notably Watford, but he did not depart as so many of his peers did. Mamadou Sakho, Allan Rodrigues de Sousa, Jordan Williams, and Ryan Kent all transferred, leaving Markovic behind.
Markovic’s sixth months with Hull was supposed to be what lead to his departure for Watford but this failed to materialise, as Marco Silva was simply not impressed enough with his performance.
The winger has so far failed to live up to the promise of his £20 million contract. His inclusion on the 25 man premier league squad is less impressive when you consider that he is joined by fellow forgotten players like Philippe Coutinho and Adam Bogdan, who are also included on the player list.
A Lacklustre Career
Markovic may feature in the League Cup when Liverpool meet Leicester City next week, but with Jurgen Klopp already stating he has no plans to make use of Markovic in the Premiership it seems unlikely that he will be needed at the League Cup.
Markovic has been widely branded an expensive failure after he was bought from Benfica in July 2014. One of the few times he was put in the spotlight was when Liverpool faced Aston Villa in a FA Cup semi-final. He was started as right wing back in the match, but was soon substituted at half time after a lack lustre performance.
For the time being Markovic looks set to be with Liverpool until at least January. To be fair to the young player, he has not been given much of a chance to show what he can do, but if he fails to impress the coaches in practice, he may have been just a bad purchase for Liverpool.