Klopp ready to throw Markovic a lifeline at Liverpool

Date published: Saturday 5th March 2016 1:02

Lazar Markovic: Set to leave Liverpool

Jurgen Klopp has vowed to give Liverpool loanee Lazar Markovic another chance to prove himself at Anfield when the player returns to the club from a season-long loan with Fenerbahce.

The Serbia international was brought to the club by Brendan Rodgers in the summer of 2014 after the Reds agreed a £20million deal with Benfica. But after struggling to have an impact in his first season at Anfield, Markovic loaned to Fener for the 2015/16 campaign.

Markovic, who admitted last year he had a strained relationship with former Reds boss Rodgers, has returned to Melwood as he nurses a groin injury and the 22-year-old looks certain to be given another opportunity as Klopp aims to rebuild his squad.

“I will say at the start of pre-season, ‘welcome, and then it’s up to you’,” Klopp said.

“That is how it is in football, it is a long pre-season and if he wants to come back to Liverpool on July 2, then you are welcome.

“We are short on wingers. Everybody who is involved in pre-season can have a part to play next season. We need a big squad because of the European Championships.

“Pre-season is a long time to show what you have and then after this we’ll make decisions.”

Fener, for whom Markovic has has scored two goals in 20 appearances, had previously claimed Liverpool would not discuss the player’s sale.

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