Lazar Markovic hasn’t made the impact at Fenerbahce that he would have been hoping for since leaving Liverpool on loan in the summer - injuries haven’t helped the Serbia international - but he was able to score for the Turkish giants against Celtic in the Europa League on Thursday night.
The 21-year-old, however, was aided by a dreadful mistake by Celtic goalkeeper Craig Gordon, who inexplicably failed to gather the ball after it rolled through to him.
In fairness to Markovic, though, it was still a pretty decent finish. The winger rolled the ball into the net despite the best efforts of three Celtic defenders. (Scroll down this page to watch the goal).
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Unfortunately for Markovic and Fener, Celtic scored an equaliser through Kris Commons with 15 minutes remaining to seal a point from the match. But the Turkish giants still qualify from Group A in second place behind Molde.
Markovic will now be hoping to use this goal as a platform to reignite his career, which has stagnated since joining Liverpool in the summer of 2014.
Video: Lazar Markovic goal
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Klopp could bring the best out of Markovic
The Reds signed Markovic for £20 million following his impressive displays with Benfica but he never really convinced Brendan Rodgers or the Anfield faithful, scoring three goals in 31 appearances.
Jurgen Klopp, however, may feel that he can bring the best out of the hugely talented Serbian, whose confidence has clearly been affected by everything that’s happened over the past 18 months.
Liverpool do not have an option to recall Markovic in January - contrary to reports back in October which suggested otherwise - but fans will be hoping he returns to Anfield next summer ready to work hard and establish himself as a first-team regular under Klopp.
Liverpool fans: do you believe Lazar Markovic still has a bright future at Anfield? Let us know by leaving a comment below.
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