Date: 21st October 2015 at 8:26pm
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Lazar Markovic cannot be recalled early from his loan spell at Fenerbahce…

Contrary to recent speculation, including by the Daily Mail yesterday, winger Lazar Markovic will not make an earlier than expected return to Anfield.

The 21-year-old, who is currently on a season-long loan at Turkish side Fenerbahce, had been linked with a recall in January, but the well-sourced Liverpool ECHO states that no such option exists.

Reports of Markovic’s time at the Şükrü Saraçoğlu Stadium being cut short follow the appointment of new Reds manager Jürgen Klopp, who is said to be a big admirer of the player.

The Serbian international, who arrived on Merseyside in the summer of 2014 for £20m, endured an inconsistent first season in England, scoring three times in 31 appearances.

Markovic has blamed his struggles last term on former Kop boss Brendan Rodgers, telling Portuguese newspaper A Bola: “I didn’t have a good relationship with the coach, that was a problem.

“I played in many positions but didn’t play in mine.”

The ex-Benfica star has faired well so far in Istanbul; playing a vital role in Fenerbahce’s 2-1 win over Bursaspor last month before a back injury left him on the sidelines for three weeks.

Unlike many such loan deals, Fenerbahce, who are paying 100% of his wages, don’t have an option to buy.

Vital Comment
It’s not been a good 24 hours for Rodgers with Markovic’s comments following quickly on from controversial agent Aidy Ward’s criticism of his handling of Raheem Sterling. But no matter who the manager is, or how successful he has been, there will always be someone who is unhappy. Markovic is a talented player but his performances last season hardly set the world alight. Injuries elsewhere and his final ball/shot and decision making in key moments also made it difficult for Rodgers to give him a run of games in his preferred attacking role. Furthermore it’s impossible to know how much the Northern Irishman wanted Markovic in the first place or if he was predominantly a committee purchase. Hopefully he will prove his considerable worth next season.


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