By Will Butcher
Jurgen Klopp is adamant that Lazar Markovic still has a future at Liverpool despite a nightmare stay on Merseyside.
The 22-year-old has failed to have an impact at Anfield since his £21million move from Portuguese giants Benfica, and has since had spells on loan at Sporting Lisbon and Fenerbahce.
Speaking ahead of Liverpool’s FA Cup fourth-round clash against Wolves, Klopp was quoted by Liverpool Echo correspondent James Pearce on his personal Twitter account.
Now on loan with Premier League side Hull, manager Klopp believes Markovic has “struggled with injuries” and is open to the possibility of a Liverpool future for the Serbia international.
Klopp on Markovic: "Why should I say now no chance for Lazar? He's still a young boy. He has struggled with injuries."
— James Pearce (@JamesPearceLFC) January 27, 2017
After cancelling a disappointing loan spell at Sporting, Markovic opted to join Hull’s fight against relegation until the end of the season this month.
The winger made his debut for Marco Silva’s side against Manchester United in the EFL Cup on Thursday night from the bench, as they were knocked out in the semi-final 3-2 on aggregate.
A 22-time international, Markovic will be hoping to star in Hull’s side by helping them avoid relegation and prove to Klopp and fans alike that he has something to offer Liverpool.
However, with plenty of competition at Anfield with the likes of Philippe Coutinho, Sadio Mane and Adam Lallana, Markovic will have to really shine to work his way back into Klopp’s thinking.
Football Insider verdict:
It all depends on his loan at Hull. Markovic must find the back of the net and prove a threat on the wing in Yorkshire, if he is to earn a second chance in the red of Liverpool. Failing in sub-standard leagues in both Portugal and Turkey, Markovic is unlikely to be able to provide a cutting edge in the Premier League if he is given a run of games. However, he could surprise us all by starring in Hull’s relegation dogfight. To remain at Liverpool, Markovic must do just that if he is to stand any chance of having a future with Klopp, or he will be sold in the summer.
In other Liverpool transfer news, the Reds have opened contract talks with one of Klopp’s favourites.