Liverpool Winger’s Anfield Exit In Jeopardy.
Posted by James Jones | Published on July 19, 2016
Liverpool’s Serbian winger Lazar Markovic looks set on moving away from Anfield this summer, but his hefty price tag could put off many potential new clubs. Sporting Lisbon look the most interested in the 22-year old, but with the club wanting to recoup as much of the £25m they paid Benfica for Markovic in 2014, may end Sporting’s interest.
Markovic spent last season on loan at Turkish giants Fenerbahce, scoring a few and proving some assists, but his season ended earlier than expected picking up a hamstring injury in February.
Reds boss Jurgen Klopp has recently signed Sadio Mane from Southampton, and with Adam Lallana already at the club, it’s unlikely Lazar Markovic would break into the team ahead of those two in his favoured position. Currently, the 22-year old winger is playing in Liverpool’s pre-season and is making a good impression, bagging an assist on Saturday against Wigan Athletic.
Sporting Lisbon’s manager Jorge Jesus coached Markovic during his time at Benfica, but with the Primeira Lige challengers only looking to secure him on a loan deal , his move to rejoin former Benfica manager could be off the agenda.
That is according to Portuguese outlet Sapo Desporto, who claim that Sporting have baulked at the possibility of signing Markovic on a permanent deal.
His future may become clearer in the very near future when Jurgen Klopp announces Liverpool’s squad for their tour of the US, with them set to fly across the Atlantic after their appearance at the John Smith’s Stadium.