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Liverpool transfer news: Reds refusing to sell Lazar Markovic - even for £20m, claim Fenerbahce


Jurgen Klopp could be set to offer Serbian winger a second chance at Anfield


Fenerbahce claim Liverpool will not sell Lazar Markovic even if the Turkish club offer £20m for the on-loan winger.


Markovic joined Liverpool from Benfica for £20m in the summer of 2014 but struggled to make an impact under Brendan Rodgers at Anfield and was then loaned to Fenerbahce for the season last August.


The Turkish club have been impressed enough by the winger to consider making the move permanent, but Jurgen Klopp appears reluctant and, according to daily newspaper Sabah, Liverpool have monitored the player in every Fenerbahce game this season and would not sell him even for £20m.


Markovic only scored three times for Liverpool but produced some eye-catching displays - particularly in the second half of the campaign - that suggested there is more to come.


And given Jurgen Klopp’s relative lack of incision in midfield, Markovic staying at Anfield does not appear to be out of the question.


Markovic this week revealed that he left Anfield because of a breakdown in communication with Rodgers. “I had no problem with Brendan Rodgers and we had a bond until, for some reason that remains a mystery to me, he changed,” Markovic said.


“He stopped playing me and then at the start of the season he didn't even include me in the squad, and nobody explained to me what was going on or what his plans were, so I decided to leave.”



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The last two paragraphs seem a bit crazy. Rodgers simply didn't have a chat with him before he left? Really? Surely one of them might have thought can we get together to clear the air and work out where I/you fit in?


Perhaps Rodgers was too busy talking to the media.

You know, tactical genius, outstandingness etc.

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I like Markovic and will be happy to see him back. I think part of the reason for his struggles last season was the fact that Rodgers had no clue what to do with him. He excels on the left or behind the striker and yet Rodgers played him at wingback. He's much more talented than he's shown here and I think people are confused as to what type of player he is, and as a result, they expect things that he can't provide.


He's not a traditional winger who tries to get to the byline, and he doesn't excel at taking on players 1 on 1. His strengths are his ability to run with the ball on the counter, his workrate and his vision/movement. He is better in tight areas than he is out wide trying to beat a fullback.


He needs to provide more end product if he is to really make it here, but he's only 21 and he has the talent to do it.

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Do people think Klopp will be in complete charge of who stays and who goes? I reckon he'll just have to lump the fact that FSG aren't going to write off yet another batch of no-hopers before he has been told to have a go at getting something out of them for a while longer.


I do have optimism that Klopp can attract a few decent targets but I think the night of the long knives might have a disappointingly early bedtime.

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Would Sterling have sold for £49M if he'd played almost exclusively at wing back?


Also, would Markovic look more of a player now if he'd actually been able to play in his preferred half of the pitch, and with Suarez and/or Sturridge running riot in front of him?

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