Jurgen Klopp has admitted that Liverpool are preparing to offload Lazar Markovic this summer.
The Serbian winger has been strongly tipped to leave the club and appears to be edging closer to his Anfield exit, three years after signing from Benfica for a fee of £20million.
Markovic was one of many players brought in to somehow fill the void left by Luis Suarez, who had signed for Barcelona, but has since failed to live up to the positive reputation he arrived with and subsequently struggled to hold down a place at the club, let alone the starting lineup.
Last season saw him begin to find some form during his loan spell with Hull City, although that didn’t prove to be enough to secure him a future on Merseyside.
“With Lazar, it’s no secret that if he finds a club then we will negotiate. It was like this last year too,” Klopp told the Liverpool Echo.
“He’s a really good player. I like him as a person.”
“He’s now fit and another one who is in the best shape since I’ve known him.”
“Before he had problems with his groin but now he’s good. There will be a club out there who needs him.”
Markovic has only managed 34 appearances for the club and has seen his next move somewhat confirmed by the abundance of first choice attacking talent Klopp now has at his disposal.
At 23-years-old and for the sake of his own career, he needs to be playing regular first team football and we hope he gets exactly that wherever his next step takes him.