Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp looks set for a battle to keep Lazar Markovic at Anfield with Fenerbahce keen to make his loan move a permanent transfer at the end of the season, according to reports from Sabah.
The Serbia international only joined the Reds from Benfica in the summer of 2014, but after a difficult debut campaign former manager Brendan Rodgers opted to shift him out on loan for 2015/16.
Since his arrival, the Northern Irishman’s successor, Klopp, has already been linked with a deal to bring Markovic back to Merseyside, but with no clause in place to recall the 22-year-old he is set to remain in Istanbul until mid-2016.
And Fenerbahce are already looking into keeping the pacey attacking midfielder, with reports claiming that senior officials at the club are preparing to hold discussions with Liverpool regarding the youngster’s future.
Markovic has made 13 appearances for Fener this term, and although he’s yet to find the back of the net in Super Lig action, the club have been impressed by his performances.
However, Klopp may be reluctant to sell a player rated so highly before having had a chance to work with him, while Markovic himself could be eager to prove himself in England.