Lazar Markovic had the misfortune to arrive at Liverpool in the summer of 2014, fresh off the back of their closest title challenge in a generation. The hefty fee he commanded from Benfica—£20 million—along with the struggles Liverpool faced in a post Luis Suarez world, placed quite the burden on the then 20-year-old Serbian winger.
It might be easy to blame Brendan Rodgers for Markovic’s failed development, but new boss Jürgen Klopp wasn’t keen on keeping him around either, so for a second straight season Markovic was sent out on loan, this time to Sporting CP.
Now, according to reports from the Portuguese outlet Record, the 22-year-old winger could be back at Liverpool. Apparently Sporting are considering terminating the loan. The Portuguese side paid a £1.3 million loan fee for Markovic, and would have to pay an additional fee for not playing him in the requisite number of games as stated in the loan deal.
Markovic has a solitary goal and no assists in 11 appearances in the league and Champions League. He has mostly been used off the bench, racking up a total of 384 minutes of playing time so far for Sporting. If he comes back at least he’ll be fresh?