By Harry Sykes
Lazar Markovic has joined Hull on loan from Liverpool for the rest of the season, it has been announced.
The Merseyside giants have cancelled the Serbia international’s season-long loan to Portugese club Sporting Lisbon to allow him to move back to the Premier League.
Hull confirmed on their official website and Twitter account that midfielder Markovic will spend the second half of the campaign at the KCOM Stadium.
— Hull City (@HullCity) January 23, 2017
Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp has happily sanctioned the deal for a player who is not immediately in his first-team plans.
Markovic, 22, joined Liverpool from Benfica for £20million in the summer of 2014 but has struggled to make an impact at Anfield.
Operating in a variety of attacking midfield roles, predominantly on the right flank, he has made 34 appearances for the Merseysiders but scored just three times.
He has had two disappointing spells on loan, at Fenerbahce last season and in the first half of this season at Sporting, where he has made just 14 appearances, with many of them as a substitute.
Football Insider verdict:
Liverpool have made the correct decision by recalling Markovic from his disastrous spell in Portugal and making sure he gains some crucial Premier League experience. The 22-year-old is not a lost cause as he still has the time to develop and be a major force. The pace and physicality of English football was a problem for him in his debut campaign but he is technically sound and has nimble feet. The Serbian should certainly be a regular starter under Marco Silva at Hull and this move provides him with a great opportunity to show what he can do.
In other Liverpool transfer news, an Italian side have sent scouts to watch the club’s 23-year-old midfielder.