Lazar Markovic has revealed he had little choice but to leave Liverpool for Fenerbahce on loan last summer after his relationship with Brendan Rodgers completely broke down.
Having arrived from Benfica in 2014 for the substantial fee of £20million, the pressure was on the Serbian international to hit the ground running. He had a less than impressive debut season at Anfield and quickly fell down the pecking order.
Markovic made 34 appearances in the 2014/15 campaign, but by the time pre-season rolled around in July, Rodgers had completely changed his tune, deeming him surplus to requirements.
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The 21-year-old was left out of the Liverpool squad on a number of occasions before later being pushed towards the exit door. He signed a one-year loan deal with Turkish club Fenerbahce, where he remains to this day.
With Rodgers now relieved of his duties on Merseyside, Markovic has seen fit to hit out at the Northern Irish manager, pinning the blame on his exit squarely on his shoulders. Interestingly, he claims that a "change" within Rodgers sparked the destruction of their relationship.
"I had no problem with Rodgers and we had a bond until, for some reason that remains a mystery to me, he changed," Markovic was quoted as saying by Fanatik.
"He stopped playing me and then at the start of the season he didn't even include me in the squad. And nobody explained to me what was going on or what his plans were, so I decided to leave."
Following the arrival of Jurgen Klopp in October, it was immediately suggested that the German would recall Markovic from his loan deal. It later transpired that Liverpool did not have a recall option, but it, at least, seems likely that Klopp will give Markovic more of a chance to prove himself then his predecessor.
Klopp spoke about Markovic last month, suggesting he would have kept the winger at Anfield had he been in charge in the summer.
“It would be too easy to say ‘no, I would not have done things like this and given him out on loan’,” Klopp told reporters.
“But I was not in the situation so I cannot say too much about this. There would have been good reasons for this. I don’t think we can take him back.”