Liverpool have spent much of January recalling players that were loaned out in the summer by then boss Brendan Rodgers, but his replacement in Jurgen Klopp was unable to bring one of the clubs most promising talents back to Anfield sooner than expected with Lazar Markovic set to see out the rest of the season with Turkish club Fenerbahce.
The 21-year old may be struggling to find the net in the league, but he’s found some joy in the cup competitions; the tricky winger scored a rather odd goal back in December when the Yellow Canaries visited Celtic Park in the Europa League, but there was nothing out of sorts about his strike against Tuzlaspor last night in the Turkish Cup. Coming off the bench just past the hour mark, Markovic latched on to a pass at the edge of the area and taking on his man directly, the pacey attacker flicked the ball up and past the defender before hammering an unstoppable volley into the top corner.
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“I know I am a Liverpool player but I play here like I am a Fenerbahce player,” he told Lig TV earlier in the month when asked about his future. “I give my best in every game, in every training,” he continued before hinting he could look for a move away from the Merseyside giants at the end of the campaign. “I’m coming here to be champions and let’s see after the season.”
Arriving at Anfield for big money from Portuguese club Benfica, Markovic failed to impress during his first season in the Premier League — though he was often played out of position by Rodgers. Fast and direct with a high work-rate, the 21-year old is the kind of player that could flourish in the 4-3-3 system regularly employed by Klopp, but the German manager will have some work to do if he wants to get his confidence back to a point where he believes he can compete not only for a spot in the squad, but one the big stage in England. With that being said, scoring goals like that won’t do his ego any harm…