Lazar Markovic asks Liverpool fans for patience

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Liverpool forward Lazar Markovic has vowed to find his best form at Anfield, however has revealed it may take some time.

Markovic arrived on Merseyside this summer from Benfica for a hefty fee of £20 million. Despite joining the Reds with a reputation as one of the most exciting youngsters in Europe, the Serbian is yet to make an impression at his new club.

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He found himself left out of Brendan Rodgers' starting XI during Liverpool's 2-1 victory over West Bromwich Albion at the weekend, and was an unused substitute.

Nonetheless, the 20-year-old is not disheartened by the early stages of his career at Anfield and expects to find his best form soon.


Speaking to the Serbian press, Markovic said: “You know how things go in football, I’m getting there and adjusting well,” he said.“It will take a little more time but, all in all, I feel okay.

“I feel great there and everybody has been great with me. I could not wish for more. I’m happy and that is the most important thing.

“My team-mate is the legendary Steven Gerrard, the fans love me and Anfield is great. But, as I said, I just need a little bit more time.”

Early promise

Although Markovic has not showcased all of his talent during his short career on Merseyside, he has showed bits of what he is capable of.

The youngster's best performance came when coming on as a substitute during Liverpool's 3-1 defeat against Manchester City. The forward came off the bench with bundles of energy, attacking Vincent Kompany and co. with lots of pace and causing problems for Pablo Zabaleta on the right-hand side of defence.

Liverpool were 3-0 down when the £20 million man entered the field and aided his side to grab a goal back and almost snatch a second.

Markovic was one of the highly touted prospects prior to his Anfield move, with a host of top clubs chasing him. He helped Benfica reach the Europa League final last season, however missed the final due to suspension. With his former club being beaten on penalties, many believe that he could have been the difference is he played.

Physically under-par

Judging on his performances in a Red shirt, Markovic doesn't look up to the physical demands of the Premier League.

When picking up the ball, the Serb is being shoved off possession far too easily and needs to get accustomed to how tough the English game is.

He should model himself on team-mate Raheem Sterling and ask for advice. When Sterling broke into the Liverpool side, he showed early promise but was being pushed off the ball far too easily. However, the England Interntional improved his physical attributes and is now out-muscling defenders and has developed into one of the league's most exciting players.

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