Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers has confirmed that Lazar Markovic has a future at the club, despite the fact the Serbian is set to be sent on a season-long loan to Fenerbahce.
Reports broke last night insisting that the midfielder, signed from Benfica for £20million last summer, was due to be moved on by the Reds on a temporary basis, and Rodgers was fielded a question in a press conference this morning regarding the player after this transfer window.
However, speaking frankly on the matter Rodgers refused to be drawn into talking about rumours and speculation, simply replying: "Yes he does,” when asked if Markovic had a Liverpool future.
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That should be enough to allay the fears of some fans that the midfielder was to become a forgotten entity after just one failed season at Anfield.
Tough test to come
A relatively poor return of 19 league appearances last season paints an unhappy picture for the 21-year-old, and this summer’s transfer business has pushed him further down the pecking order.
Yet unlike Mario Balotelli and Fabio Borini, Markovic is considered a player who can turn around his Merseyside career with a little more development.
Rodgers is of the belief that he can get the necessary experience whilst playing first-team football elsewhere; a good move given how congested the Reds’ midfield is at the moment.
A big season
That said Markovic will have to prove whilst at Fenerbahce that he’s got the talent to make a good go of things in England.
He’ll be teammates with the likes of Nani and Robin van Persie for the year, so he’ll have good company, but it may well take a truly eye-catching campaign for him to grab Rodgers’ attentions.
Liverpool fans, do you think Markovic has a long-term future at Anfield? Is he good enough for a team fighting for Champions League places? Let us know in the comments box below.