Lazar Markovic has today been linked with a move back to Benfica. The rumour – reported here by talkSPORT – has been met with derision from the Liverpool fans, anxious to see the Serbian winger given a fair chance at Anfield.
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The 21-year-old only started 11 Premier League games for us last season and hasn’t completed 90 minutes for us since January. Towards the end of the season, he was regularly withdrawn early on in matches, including four times at the half-time interval.
However, there were flashes of quality, including goals against Sunderland and Tottenham which suggested that he could rediscover the form that saw him help Benfica win a domestic treble and reach the final of the Europa League.
It was his form during his single season at Benfica that inspired his £20m move to Liverpool last summer. Many of our fans have voiced their frustrations with his performances during the campaign, although they seemingly remain keen for him to stay put during the break.
Here are the best tweets:
— Anthony (@ACharles86) June 11, 2015
The way Markovic was treated last season was pretty disgusting. Constantly played out position and even then taken off at half time.
— Anfield Chat (@TheAnfieldChat) June 11, 2015
Ive slagged #Markovic a few times season just gone but he’s got HUGE potential. Played in the correct position, he’ll become brilliant.
— Connor (@ConnorwilsonLFC) June 11, 2015
Before sending Markovic back. Maybe we should contact Southampton to see if they want Lovren. Lambert and Lallana back.
— PeteKopite (@PeteKopite) June 11, 2015
If we sell/loan out Markovic, then its an absolute joke. Play him in his preferred position and he’ll do very well.
— Elton Well As Can Be (@keswickbro) June 11, 2015
If we get rid of Markovic after playing him rarely & out of position all season, I’ll be furious. Scored a blinder the other day #lfc
— StevieG (@StevieG69) June 11, 2015
Markovic back to Benfica? The lad was massively mishandled last season. Played out of position, given rare subs appearances. Not his fault.
— Steve Harrison (@AintreeIron) June 11, 2015
If we move Markovic back to Benfica, I am officially done with this club for some time. Nothing but a laughing stock.
— Martin (@redmartin_) June 11, 2015
I believe in Lazar Markovic more than I believe in Brendan Rodgers right now #LFC
— Dave Boon (@dave_boon) June 11, 2015
If Markovic leaves without being given a proper opportunity in his actual position. We RIOT! #LFC
— Anthony (@MRhollxnd) June 11, 2015