Liverpool have made a dream start to their Premier League campaign and are currently sitting pretty at the top of the league standings with a healthy four-point lead over Manchester City. The past couple of campaigns have seen a lot of stars emerge from the fringes with the likes of Trent Alexander-Arnold, Andrew Robertson and Georginio Wijnaldum all thriving with regular game time under Jurgen Klopp.
However, one player who has failed to secure a single minute of first-team football this season has been Liverpool’s Serbian midfielder, Lazar Markovic. The Cacak born star has been the subject of a frustrating season so far with Klopp hardly opting for his talents since the German boss arrived at Merseyside back in 2015.
Markovic made a switch to Anfield from Benfica in the summer of 2014 when Brendan Rodgers was still in charge of the Reds. However, after a mediocre debut year at the club, he has had loan spells with Fenerbahce, Sporting CP, Hull City and most recently, with RSC Anderlecht last season. Despite going out to so many different clubs, the Serbian has not been able to stake his claim in Klopp’s starting XI.
There is a real shortage of creativity in the Liverpool midfield this season, but even then, Klopp has overlooked Markovic as he is simply not consistent enough to line up for the Reds on a weekly basis. Hence, the best option for all parties would be to part ways during the January transfer window.
It is evident that the Serbian prospect needs more game time if he wants to establish his football reputation in Europe. Moreover, the lack of first-team action this season could mean that he might not get to make a move to a big club. With just over six months remaining on his current contract at Anfield, it is finally time for Klopp to sell him on a permanent basis when the transfer window reopens next month.
The departure of Markovic could free up some valuable cap space which will boost Liverpool’s wage bill to make further signings in the future. Thus, we can conclude that Markovic’s future is uncertain, but it is undoubtedly going to be somewhere away from Anfield.