Since his £20 million move from Benfica in August 2014, Lazar Markovic has played for Liverpool just 34 times and has found himself out of favour under Brendan Rodgers and Jürgen Klopp.
During his time at Liverpool, the Serbian has spent time out on loan at Fenerbahce, Sporting Lisbon and Hull City. His unsuccessful loan stay at Sporting was cut short on condition that he will move to Hull in January.
Since moving to the KCOM Stadium, the 23-year-old has scored two goals in 14 appearances in all competitions as Marco Silva’s side were looking to maintain their Premier League status, but were relegated to the Championship.
Markovic may not have been shining as bright as Kylian Mbappé, but Rodgers saw something about his ability which he thought he could develop. Frustratingly, it wasn’t long before he was being deployed as a wing-back.
At the age of 20 it was unlikely that an instant impact could be made. It’s not uncommon to see a younger player lacking consistency, as we saw with Raheem Sterling early on in his Liverpool career, but does he deserve another chance?
It seemed that, after a flurry of loan moves, Marco Silva was getting the best out of the winger. The stats would suggest that he is somewhat of an average player, but it is other aspects of his game which were standing out.
While playing for a fairly negative footballing side, Markovic was almost rejuvenated in the Premier League and has shown that he does deserve another chance with Liverpool, even if that is just one more season to prove himself to Klopp and the fans.
On a number of occasions last season, Klopp’s bench has been something which reflects a League Two side – countless youngsters with the most experienced player being Alberto Moreno. With the amount of injuries suffered during the season, Lazar Markovic would have been an ideal fit for Klopp’s style.
Granted, he’s not as productive as Sadio Mané, but in terms of pace and dribbling he would have softened the loss of the star Senegalese man in January.
There is a severe lack of pace within the Reds side without Mané and players like Ben Woodburn and Trent Alexander-Arnold have shown their potential, but neither are as experienced as Markovic. With European football coming to Anfield, it is almost vital that the Serbian is given an opportunity to prove himself in a system where he could potentially flourish. Klopp is the perfect manager for Markovic – particularly in the utilisation of his pace – for both pressing and counter-attacking.
Whether he is an impact or rotational player who plays the majority of cup games, there is currently no-one better than Lazar in the academy. Additional fixtures for the Reds means that the winger definitely has a part to play in the first-team this season.