Lazar Markovic backed by Brendan Rodgers

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Brendan Rodgers believes that Lazar Markovic is starting to prove his worth, after a string of good performances in recent games.

Markovic joined Anfield for £20 million from Benfica but had a slow start at the Reds and was heavily criticised by many.

However, the Serb has began to find his feet at the Reds recently and netted his first goal during the club’s 3-1 Capital One Cup victory over Bournemouth as well as assisting Raheem Sterling.

And Rodgers feels that Markovic has finally found his feet in English football and is showing his form he produced so often for his former club.

“He was brilliant,” Rodgers said on his performance against Bournemouth. “It has taken him a bit of time to get going and we have talked to him about being more aggressive in his game.

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“In the 15 minutes before he got sent off against Basel, it was disappointing that he was sent off, because he started really well. That’s the Markovic that we know.

“Playing in that role (against Bournemouth) he was outstanding. He was defensively good and pressed the ball at almost all of the right times, so tactically he was very good.

“And with the ball his speed and movement was excellent. He has got good quality and is a good footballer. It is pleasing. At 20 years of age, he looks like he is improving all the time.”

Poor start

At the beginning of his Anfield career, Markovic looked just like another purchase that Liverpool had over-paid for.

He arrived on Merseyside with a massive reputation, one that aided Benfica to the final of the Europa League and he was one of the most highly touted players in Europe.

His first appearance in the 3-1 loss to Manchester City was fairly encouraging when he came on as a substitute, however, after that he looked an average player.

The 20-year-old was supposed to be blesses with blistering pace that scared full-backs and caused them a nightmare, Kopite’s did not see this and instead saw him do little to help his side going forward.

It was almost like Markovic lost the ability to beat a defender and instead gave the ball simple when playing or losing it.

Settled in

However, the youngster has been at Liverpool for just over three months now and seems to be settling in.

For such a young player to leave where he was comfortable to a completely new is obviously going to have an effect on someone.

Yet, after adapting to English football, Markovic is showing signs he will come good.

He was encouraging in his 15 minute cameo in the 1-1 draw with FC Basel. The winger caused havoc for the Swiss outfits’ back-four and the Liverpool crowd truly appreciated his efforts.

He showed all of his capabilities that were talking about – pace, quick feet and was aggressive the way he went about his play. Unfortunately, he got himself stupidly sent off which all but ended his side’s chances of qualification to the knock-out stages of the Champions League.

Against Manchester United, Markovic again put in a decent shift when coming on as a substitute and expertly played in Mario Balotelli with an inch-perfect pace that should have been converted.

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