Brendan Rodgers has called on Liverpool fans to be patient with £20m summer arrival Lazar Markovic.
The Serbian winger arrived from Benfica over the summer with a reputation as one of European football’s best young players after helping the Lisbon giants to secure the league title last term.
But after six appearances for the Reds, the 20-year-old has made a minimal impact at Anfield.
Some sections of the Merseysiders’ supporters have begun to question the decision to pay big for the starlet, but Rodgers insists that he will come good if given time and patience:
“With young Markovic it’s taking time with him,” he is quoted by the Liverpool Echo.
“He’s in a new country and he’s getting used to a new way of life and he’s just getting accustomed to the physicality of this league having come from Portugal where it’s totally different.”
Rodgers however was far more positive about Adam Lallana, who is likely to re-called to the Liverpool XI for today’s home encounter with West Brom after missing on a spot in the starting team against Basel in the midweek Champions League defeat:
“If you look at Adam Lallana his performance in the derby showed that he is going to be a very good player, the supporters are going to love him,” he added.
“I’ve got confidence in them both. That’s why we brought them in.
“We’re certainly not disregarding any of the players we’ve brought in.
“These are players who we believe will be outstanding players here but sometimes you can hit the ground running and sometimes it takes a wee bit of time.”
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