Liverpool winger Lazar Markovic is set to return to the Premier League before the end of the window, but will not be lining out for Jurgen Klopp’s side anytime soon.
The Serbian international’s career has taken something of a nosedive since joining the Reds in a £20m deal from Benfica in 2014 and has spent the past 18 months away on loan, first at Fenerbahce and at Sporting CP for the first half of this campaign.
The Portuguese side, however, are reportedly looking to cut their losses on the 22-year-old, and according to Sky Sports a move to Premier League strugglers Hull City could be on the cards.
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Markovic has started just two league games for Sporting this season as his return to Portuguese football has not had the desired effect, and despite the fact that they paid a loan fee to secure his services for the year back in August, they are not minded to keep him for the full term and are looking to send him back to Liverpool.
Klopp, however, is not a fan, and would be quite prepared to sanction a loan move to Hull for the remainder of the season despite his own side’s relative lack of depth. The Reds manager recently bemoaned the fact that he has been unable to add to his squad in the January transfer window, and yet despite Liverpool being a man down for the net few weeks with Sadio Mané at the African Cup of Nations, Markovic is not even being taken into consideration.
That should give some indication of where Markovic is at in terms of having a long-term Anfield future. Having arrived as a highly-rated youngster in Brendan Rodgers’ post-Suárez era, the winger struggled for form in his first season at Anfield, and wasn’t given the opportunity for a second.
With just 11 Premier League starts to his name, Markovic looks destined to take his place on the somewhat large Liverpool scrapheap.