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Reds set to Fire the Lazar?

Lazar Markovic is being linked with a return to Benfica this summer. Portuguese daily newspaper A Bola claims the Lisbon giants have informed the Reds they’d be interested in taking him back but understand a deal may be difficult.

 

Other well placed sources have suggested that there are concerns within the club that Markovic may not be equipped to thrive in English football and therefore might be one of those offloaded this summer. Should that prove to be the case, it’s unlikely the Reds will get anything like the £19.8m they paid for him a year ago. Benfica certainly won’t pay that amount, although a loan deal has been suggested in some reports.

 

The 21 year old showed flashes of what he could do in a spell around the turn of the year but for much of the season he found himself on the periphery and Markovic suffered more than most from Brendan Rodgers not having a settled formation. Having failed to force his way into the 4-2-3-1 set up early in the season he did enjoy some early success in an unfamiliar wing back role when Rodgers changed tactics, but that didn’t last and he lost his place to Jordon Ibe when the teenager returned from a loan spell in January.

 

As with several of last summer’s signings, Markovic is currently regarded as a flop but he’s hardly been helped by the constant chopping and changing and formation switches, Rodgers rarely played the 4-3-3 system that Markovic had presumably been signed to fit into and unless that changes this year then it’s difficult to see where the Serb will fit in once again, especially as he appears to be behind the likes of Ibe, Adam Lallana, Philippe Coutinho and - for the moment at least - Raheem Sterling.

 

 

 

 

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No offence mate but you were talking about Borini like he was the second coming.

 

I was going to write a post last night praising fans on here for not getting on Ibes back like I have seen elsewhere but it seems some are saying he should be dropped.Is it really surprising a young player who's hardly played hasn't hit the ground running after everyone has been saying he will surpass the most expensive English player.

 

I saw that coming all summer, he's a top player and will show it he just needs to get used of playing under expectation.

Don't mean to be contrary, but people are not getting on Ibes back, it seems a few want him dropped as his form has, and a few games out of the spotlight will help him relax, focus on his training and come back stronger. You see that a lot with younger players.

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We're not going to sell any of the players we want to get rid off. Just loan them out, pay most of their wages until their contracts run out. And these players cost a fair bit but we're not getting a fraction of the money back that we spent on them. Shocking transfer strategy from the "committee". If we get £20M for Markovic, Balotelli and Borini combined I'd be shocked.

This is  one of the massive flaws in the transfer policy. Paying big money for young players with "potential" . If that potential isn't fulfilled they are worth fuck all. Experienced players have a resale value if they don't work out for you

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This is  one of the massive flaws in the transfer policy. Paying big money for young players with "potential" . If that potential isn't fulfilled they are worth fuck all. Experienced players have a resale value if they don't work out for you

 

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Don't mean to be contrary, but people are not getting on Ibes back, it seems a few want him dropped as his form has, and a few games out of the spotlight will help him relax, focus on his training and come back stronger. You see that a lot with younger players.

 

Don't be so analogue. 

 

JP will merely send him a picture of Michael Jackson Moonwalking on MySpace and he'll be right as ninepence.

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Don't mean to be contrary, but people are not getting on Ibes back, it seems a few want him dropped as his form has, and a few games out of the spotlight will help him relax, focus on his training and come back stronger. You see that a lot with younger players.

Yeah fair enough as I said I was going to praise fans on here for not making stupid statements after two games, I've seen fans on twitter writing him off already.

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I'm struggling to think of many players that have gone out on loan, and actually succeed here afterwards

 

Very few but it's happened.  I can't think of any premier league player that's been loaned to a foreign club and came back strong though.  It's usually one foot out the door.

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I've got far more confidence in Markovic as a top player than I do in Rodgers as a top manager.

...and that statement alone shoes how much you actually know about football.

 

Jesus wept.

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We can't go back, only forward. So while there are question marks over the fee and how the player was used, we can't change that now. So we are left with three options on Markovic. 

 

1. Play him/use him

2. Sell him

3. Loan him

 

As things stand today, option three is the best choice. I don't think we will play him very much. We have several attacking midfielders who are ahead of him in the pecking order. I don't think we will sell him. His value right now is depressed after struggling in his first season here. He's still a young player and will benefit from playing time, and he won't find a lot of that here. 

 

So a loan makes sense. Ideally he will kick on and we will bring him back. But if not, hopefully he will find enough form to command more interest and a higher price than if we sold him now. 

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the standard end of transfer window loan/firesale... It's been aanother successful transfer window for FSG, their local android and their Yesman. But don't listen to the nightcat, just listen the fake Whiskyjar who knows about football and Yesmanship.

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