Rafa Honigstein exclusive: Jurgen Klopp tried to recall Lazar Markovic

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Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp was keen on recalling winger Lazar Markovic to the club, according to football expert Rafa Honigstein.

The 21-year-old Serbian is currently on a season-long loan at Turkish side Fenerbahce after former manager Brendan Rodgers decided he would be surplus to requirement this campaign.

Markovic was signed by the Northern Irishman for £20 million from Benfica last summer but only featured in 19 Premier League matches during the 2014/15 season.


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However, it appears he will be given a chance to return to the club next year with new manager Klopp seemingly keen on working with him.

Honigstein believes the German manager wanted to know if there was a possibility of bringing Markovic back to Merseyside before the end of the season.

"I think Markovic is the one name that he (Klopp) asked the club to investigate whether he can take him back," Honigstein told GiveMeSport.

"Apparently they can't, maybe if they pay a fee, but I'm sure Liverpool will be very reluctant to pay money to get their player back."

Klopp has only been in charge of five matches at Liverpool, but it seems he's already formed a good understanding with his squad and established which areas he needs to strengthen.

It's clear the club lack real quality in the wide areas with Jordan Ibe the only out-and-out winger. Klopp likes to play with three players behind the striker with Philippe Coutinho, Roberto Firmino, Adam Lallana and James Milner all competing for a place.

Each lack width, though, preferring to cut inside and exploit central areas.

The aerial prowess of Christian Benteke isn't going to be fully utilised without quality wide men providing crosses. The Belgian showcased his ability in the air with an outstanding header against Southampton last weekend - a weapon Klopp can put to good use.

Whilst the German might be keen to bring Markovic back to Liverpool from his loan spell, it would be difficult to imagine him keen on fellow loanee Mario Balotelli returning to the club.

With Klopp's philosophy of 'gegenpressing' requiring attacking players to work hard out of possession, it looks unlikely to be a system the Italian striker would be comfortable with.

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