By Derek Smithson
Liverpool have offered their Premier League rivals Watford the chance to sign attacker Lazar Markovic, according to a report.
The Mirror claim that the Merseyside club have made the winger available for just £12million this summer, despite them paying £20million for his signature back in 2014.
It is understood that Watford manager Marco Silva wants to sign the 23-year-old on loan next season, something he did at his former club Hull.
However, the report details that Liverpool are keen to offload the Serbia international on a permanent basis.
Watford could face competition from Zenit Saint Petersburg and Galatasaray for his signature after already expressing an interest.
Markovic has endured a frustrating three-year spell at Anfield following his big-money move from Benfica and has been unable to meet expectations.
The pacy wide man has made just 34 appearances for Liverpool, scoring three goals and supplying one assist in return.
He has been loaned out to Fenerbahce, Sporting Lisbon and Hull during his spell with the Reds, but now looks set to seal an exit in the summer.
Football Insider verdict:
Liverpool will do very well to recuperate £12million for Markovic, despite making an £8million loss on his original price. The wide man has been unable to settle for the Reds and is unlikely to force his way into the starting line-up next season, with the likes of Sadio Mane, Philippe Coutinho and Mohamed Salah stood in his way. Klopp needs to be ruthless in the summer window and selling the 23-year-old is the right thing to do if he doesn’t feature in his plans. However, Markovic’s spell at Hull last season suggests that he is still a talented player and a fresh move is exactly what he needs to reignite his career. He is still a young player and was under too much pressure to live up to a £20million tag.
In other Liverpool transfer news, Rick Parry has revealed that he once had a deal in place to sign an international defender.