With no potential permanent buyers having emerged, there is a growing chance Lazar Markovic could end up reuniting with manager Marco Silva at Watford on loan before the transfer window closes. Markovic played for Silva last season at Hull City before the side was relegated to the Championship.
Liverpool went into the summer window hoping to recoup most of the £20M fee they spent to sign the winger but have found no takers—and little interest in the player regardless of fee. There has also been some reported interest from Belgrade but, as with Watford, they would want Markovic on loan.
Markovic arrived at Anfield in the summer of 2014 a highly rated 20-year-old but inconsistent form and a string of injuries conspired to keep him on the fringes of the first team, and when he did get chances they were often at wingback when manager Brendan Rodgers experimented with a three CB system.
In total, in that first year he made 34 total appearances but scored just three goals. The next season saw him loaned out to Fenerbahce, where inconsistent form and more injuries were again his undoing. Despite a few highlight-worthy moments, he made just 20 appearances and scored two goals.
Then, in 2016-17, he headed to Sporting, a return to Portugal and a reunion with a former manager from his Benfica days. Things didn’t go well. He made 14 appearances and had his loan terminated by mutual agreement in January before headed to Hull. He scored two goals there before they were relegated.
Hopefully, if he does head to Watford on loan, he will be able to show something of the form that once got Liverpool to pay £20M for him and perhaps start to get his career back on track.