Lazar Markovic was widely regarded as one of the most talented young players in Europe prior to his move to Liverpool in 2014.
The Serbian winger caught the eye at Benfica during the 2013-14 campaign and big things were expected of him following his £20 million transfer to Anfield.
However, for a combination of reasons, Markovic struggled in his debut season with the Merseyside outfit. Three goals in 34 appearances was an underwhelming return for a player of his calibre and Brendan Rodgers subsequently arranged a loan move to Fenerbahce.
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The Serb didn’t exactly set the world alight in the Turkish league, either.
And now, according to Goal, Liverpool are ready to part company - permanently - with the 22-year-old.
No European football means less games for players
Jurgen Klopp may have kept Markovic in his ranks had Liverpool finished last season higher up the Premier League table.
However, with the Reds not competing in any European competition this term, Klopp needs to trim down his squad.
And Markovic is one of the players who Klopp is prepared to offload, with Sporting Lisbon reportedly at the front of the queue to secure his services.
Sporting boss Jorge Jesus worked with Markovic at Benfica and the 61-year-old believes he can help the winger rediscover his form and confidence at the Estádio José Alvalade.
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