Do you remember Lazar Markovic? He’s a Liverpool player despite the club making several attempts to move him on. Markovic arrived at Melwood in 2014 from Benfica, sure that Brendan Rodgers would elevate his game. He didn’t and loan spells over the last several seasons became the norm for the £20million signing.
Stints at Fenerbahce, Sporting, Hull, and Anderlecht failed to do much for the player’s reputation and today Markovic is plying his trade exclusively with the Liverpool u-23 side.
The why and how of Markovic’s young and struggling career are mostly a mystery. At just 24-years-old, Lazar has many more years yet to play football but the expectations that he could be a player of consequence for any top tier side have completely dissipated.
Liverpool have tried and failed to move Markovic off their books for a while now. Swansea and PAOK in Greece were interested last summer but Liverpool eventually agreed a fee with Anderlecht in Belgium. That obviously didn’t work out and around we go again.
Now, after being sent to the Academy to while away until any other takers swoop in, there are suggestions that club’s from Mexico and the Chinese Super League have expressed interest in Markovic. If something happens this month Liverpool could recoup at least a small fraction of their investment in the Serbian. Otherwise, Lazar will be gone for nothing in the summer when his contract finally runs out.
At least we’ll always have the time against Basel when he probably unknowingly caught an opposing player in the eye with his finger, was sent off, and given a four-match ban because UEFA.