Lazar Markovic shouldn't return to Liverpool in the January transfer window, according to Mark Lawrenson.
Writing for the Liverpool Echo, the Reds legend claims that Markovic, who joined Turkish outfit Fenerbahce on a season-long loan deal in the summer transfer window, had more than enough opportunities to express himself on Merseyside last season.
However, following the departure of Brendan Rodgers, Markovic has been linked with an early return to the club, but Lawrenson doesn't expect new boss Jurgen Klopp to hand the midfielder a lifeline at the club this term.
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Lawrenson stated: "There was a mild ripple of intrigue at the suggestion Lazar Markovic could return to Liverpool in January.
"It was soon nipped in the bud. But in any case, Markovic just didn't do enough last season to convince he could make the grade at Anfield.
"You can only give a player so many chances. Wide players will drive you mad, but you have to be realistic and a touch harsh.
"How many times did he get to the byline and cross? Not many. So, how many did he score then? Not many."
Lawrenson is right; Klopp shouldn't bring Markovic back to the club in January. Liverpool have had their problems out wide, of course, but they should allow the 21-year-old to progress in Turkey.
Perhaps, then, Klopp should turn his attentions elsewhere in his pursuit of short and long term success on English soil.
It certainly wouldn't come as a major surprise if the enigmatic coach went on to make one or two changes in the next transfer window, but he may well have to make do with his current crop of stars for the foreseeable future.
One thing is for sure, after three consecutive draws in charge of the Anfield outfit, Klopp will be hoping to see his side secure a victory sooner rather than later.
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