By Dominic Toner
Jurgen Klopp has revealed that Lazar Markovic is in “good shape” but admitted he could leave by the end of the transfer window.
The 22-year-old has featured during Liverpool’s pre-season schedule but may not have done enough to secure a place in the first-team.
Football website Goal claim that German giants Schalke are also interested in ending Markovic’s Merseyside nightmare.
Klopp has explained that Markovic is returning to full fitness after a series of hamstring injuries curtailed him last season.
“He (Markovic) has developed well, when we started to train, you could really see that he didn’t trust his body 100 per cent,” Klopp told the Echo. “He had a serious injury. We spoke about this. Everybody knows that Lazar is a very quick player, but he was not at 100%. He had some doubts about how it would be, so he needed the first one or two weeks. And since then he has became better and better and better.
“He’s in good shape. I’m not sure where his 100% is, but he’s in a good way and he’s a nice lad, good boy, funny, works hard, but at the end we have to see how we will build our squad. We have time between now and 31 August where maybe something will happen.
“Maybe it will happen earlier, maybe it will happen on the 31st, or maybe it will never happen. That’s how it is. At this moment we need all these players for the games and for our training sessions, and he is part of it. That’s all for now.”
The Serbian international arrived at Anfield from Benfica in 2014 for £20million, but after struggling in his first season in the Premier League he was sent out on loan to Fenerbache.
Markovic made just 10 starts for the Turkish club after a hamstring injury meant he would not play again after February.
With manager Jurgen Klopp’s acquisition of Southampton’s Sadio Mane, Markovic has fallen even further down the Anfield pecking order and is unlikely to be given the game-time he wants in the upcoming season.
A loan move could be feasible for the four-time domestic champion, who still has three years remaining on his Anfield deal.
In other Liverpool transfer news, their academy graduate has explained why he has left Anfield on loan this season.