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Liverpool’s Forgotten Man Could Be Returning to Turkey

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Lazar Markovic could be heading back to Fenerbahce in January.

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You could be forgiven for having forgotten that Lazar Markovic is still a player on Liverpool’s books with the 23-year-old having not made it into a matchday squad this season following a failure by the club to find him a new home over the summer.

They’re certain to try again in January, though, and Markovic will be desperate for a move that might allow him to revive a career that’s been stalled since he first arrived at Anfield in 2014. To that end, queue reports out of Turkey of a return to Fenerbahce on loan.

Markovic spent a largely unsuccessful season on loan with the Turkish giants in 2015-16, with 20 appearances across all competitions and just two goals scored before he picked up a season-ending hamstring injury late in February of 2016.

There were a few highlight reel moments fans latched onto, but on the whole it wasn’t a good year for the young Serbian winger. Still, it was probably better than the year he spent at Liverpool. Or the year split between Sporting CP and Hull City.

Which makes a return at least vaguely plausible. The club know him, he knows the club, and presumably he’d come cheap—Liverpool need Markovic to play in order to sell him next summer, and so Fenerbahce will try to sign him without paying a loan fee.

If Liverpool are amenable, he could be off in short order, then. Perhaps even with the loan being agreed well in advance of the transfer window opening—though for now, those same reports in Turkey that claim interest say no official contact has yet been made.