By Matt Farr

Liverpool winger Lazar Markovic has criticised senior duo Brendan Rodgers and Jurgen Klopp for giving up on him too easily.

The 23-year-old arrived at Anfield in a £20million deal in the summer of 2014, but made just 19 Premier League appearances before being offloaded twelve months later.

Markovic is currently on loan at Premier League rivals Hull City until the end of the season, having also spent time on loan at Fenerbahce and Sporting Lisbon.

The Serbia international has impressed during his short stint at the KCOM Stadium, contributing two goals from 14 appearances in all competitions, repaying the faith shown in him by Marco Silva.

But as he continues to reap the rewards of his time at Hull, Markovic took the opportunity to hit out his parent club for their lack of belief in his ability.

He told the Liverpool Echo: “Liverpool spent money on me and I believe they should have believed more in my ability. Both Liverpool and the manager. I believed I should have played more than I did.

“I got the chance to play more elsewhere. I have no problems with that.

“We don’t know what will happen yet, it depends on the Liverpool situation. I still have two years on my contract at Liverpool. We shall see. I enjoy playing in the Premier League and would like to stay in the Premier League.”

Markovic’s criticism was directed at current Liverpool chief Jurgen Klopp, who sanctioned his move to Hull in January, but also ex-chief Brendan Rodgers, who had brought him to the club.

Rodgers was initially responsible for axing him from the first-team setup at Anfield, sending him out on loan to Fenerbahce for the 2015-16 season.

But the Liverpool flop could still have an important role to play at the club next season, with his contract set to run until the summer of 2019.

In other Liverpool news, the odds have been slashed as the Reds have leapfrogged their rivals in the race for this defender.

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