Manager fall-out led to my Liverpool exit – big money star

Lazar Markovic has revealed that a fall-out with former Anfield manager Brendan Rodgers led to his summer loan move to Fenerbahce from Liverpool.

The Serbia international signed for the club in the summer of 2014 in a £20m deal during the Northern Irishman’s reign, and was tipped to be a big success after developing a reputation as one of Europe’s best young players during spells with Partizan Belgrade and Benfica.

However, his debut campaign on Merseyside was largely forgettable, with the 21-year-old making 34 appearances in total, being shifted between his favoured attacking midfield role and wing-back.

Despite shining in pre-season last year, Rodgers opted to allow Markovic to leave the club on loan for the current campaign, and he subsequently joined Turkish giants Fenerbahce, where he has been in good form.

And now the youngster has lifted the lid on what happened prior to his switch to Fener, heaping the blame on Rodgers:

“I had no problem with Brendan Rodgers and we had a bond until, for some reason that remains a mystery to me, he changed,” he told Fanatik.

“He stopped playing me and then at the start of the season he didn’t even include me in the squad, and nobody explained to me what was going on or what his plans were, so I decided to leave.”

Jurgen Klopp is yet to work with Markovic, but reports late last year that he was looking to draft the Eastern European ace back early suggest that he features in the German’s long-term plans.