When Jurgen Klopp was eventually appointed the new main man at Anfield in 2015/16, it became clear that the former Borussia Dortmund boss would have a massive job on his hands in readjusting the squad left to him by the ill-fated Brendan Rodgers.
The former Liverpool manager notoriously failed to do the business on Merseyside when it came to matters of the transfer market, leaving his incoming successor with many over-priced and questionable assets lacking in confidence readily at his disposal.
One such player certainly arrived in the form of now 21-year-old Lazar Markovic, who despite initially stepping foot at the club for a sizeable £20million transfer fee last season, completely failed to justify his hefty price-tag out on the pitch for the Reds.
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So then, as Jurgen Klopp is largely expected to build his own distinctive squad on Merseyside in the not too distant future, does Lazar Markovic really have much of a future left at Liverpool these days?
Well, although many of the Anfield faithful were left particularly let down by the Serbian’s sheer lack of output throughout the 2014/15 campaign, Markovic is a player who doesn’t necessarily arrive completely without merit.
Throughout his time at Benfica, the rapidly emerging attacker seemed like he could very well blossom into a top player one day. Via his direct approach when taking on opposing defenders, commendable confidence inside the final third, and impressive ability to produce the goods in Portugal at a progressively admirable rate – Liverpool fans were in-fact justified in their initial expectations for the Estadio da Luz favourite.
He may have very well failed to hit the ground running when he first joined up with the Reds, and the often testing nature of the English top-flight did admittedly seem like a tough step up for the young Serbian international at first – but as Markovic nevertheless remains in the early stages of his footballing career – perhaps he shouldn’t be written off completely at Anfield just yet.
When players are signed for over-inflated transfer fees simply because certain clubs aren’t willing to source themselves better value for money, the consequences usually place far too much pressure on the footballers themselves. Lazar Markovic was indeed considered a promising asset when he signed for Liverpool last summer, but nothing close to a £20million player.
He – like several other expensive gambles on Merseyside carried out under the Brendan Rodgers era – was always going to fall short of delivering the goods simply because his price-tag made him out to be the finished article when reality proved otherwise.
Although the player in question must of course take his fair share of the responsibility for failing to produce the goods at Liverpool, the 21-year-old front-man ultimately isn’t the only player to have endured such an unfortunate fate with the Reds of late.
After all, the Anfield faithful now pay witness to a manager who is notoriously well versed in getting the best out of his most promising youngsters, and eventually watching them blossom into some of the very best talent currently available on the European scene. Klopp is arguably far more suited to working with players such as Markovic than Rodgers – even if his predecessor did in-fact hold honest intentions firmly at heart.
The former Benfica man still has enough time to make it at a top club, the potential remains in place for Markovic – and whilst the young Serbian hasn’t quite set the Turkish game alight across his loan spell at Fenerbahce with all things fairly taken into account – surely it would seem a tad premature to permanently cast the 21-year-old attacker aside this term?
However, as Liverpool are reportedly considering selling their former £20million man for as little of £7.3million this season, perhaps the writing is already sadly on the wall for Lazar Markovic and whatever remains of his future on Merseyside.