By Dominic Toner
Liverpool are in talks with Premier League side Hull about sending attacker Lazar Markovic on loan to the KCOM Stadium, according to a report.
The Echo claim that the 22-year-old is set to have his season-long loan stay cancelled at Portuguese club Sporting, but Liverpool are looking to send him back out for another loan spell in January.
The report details that the Merseyside club are in negotiations with Hull about Markovic joining them until the end of the season, with manager Jurgen Klopp happy to sanction the move.
Markovic completed a loan move to Sporting in the summer in the hope he could recapture the form that made Liverpool spend £20million on him in 2014.
The attacker usually operates on the right wing and has played a bit-part role this season, completing 90 minutes on just two occasions.
He has made just 14 appearances across all competitions and managed just two goals in return, with no assists.
Markovic was unable to make the desired impact during his time in the first-team at Anfield and is desperate for regular game time.
The Serbia international has made 34 appearances for Liverpool and scored just three times.
Football Insider verdict:
Liverpool should recall Markovic from his spell in Portugal and send him to relegation-threatened Hull in the Premier League. The 22-year-old is not a lost cause at the Merseyside club as he still has time on his side, but is not currently getting enough minutes under his belt. He struggled to make an impact in England and could not get used to the pace and physicality of the Premier League. Markovic could certainly push for a starting position under Marco Silva at Hull and would be a big signing for them. The winger clearly has great potential and just needs to experience English football on a regular basis if he is to have any future at Anfield.
In other Liverpool transfer news, an Italian side have sent scouts to watch the club’s 23-year-old midfielder.