Lazar Markovic has joined the long list of former Brendan Rodgers players who’ve claimed they didn’t have a good relationship with the fired Liverpool manager.
Daniel Agger, Pepe Reina, Stewart Downing and Andy Carroll have all scathed the Northern Irishman in recent interviews after he forced them out of the club.
Young Serbian Markovic was signed last summer, but was barely used by Rodgers during the 2014/15 campaign, indicating that his transfer was pushed by the committee and not our former boss. He made just 11 Premier League starts, predominantly as an unnatural right wing-back, so it’s no wonder he didn’t manage to immediately fulfil his price-tag.
As a result, Rodgers loaned Markovic to Fenerbahce at the start of the season, and the disgruntled player has criticised his ex-manager now he’s been sacked.
“I didn’t have a good relationship with the coach,” Markovic told Portuguese newspaper A Bola, cited in the Express. “That was a problem.
“I played in many positions but didn’t play in mine.”
Markovic has a right to be irritated by his treatment last season, as he truly didn’t get a chance to prove his worth. While Mario Balotelli, Dejan Lovren and others simply played dreadfully when selected, Markovic’s chances were so fleeting it would be wrong to even judge him.
But thankfully for the flyer, new boss Jurgen Klopp thinks highly of him, suggests the Echo, and may consider recalling the 21-year-old from the loan spell come January.
Markovic works hard and has incredible pace, two attributes the new manager demands of his attackers, so hope is not lost for the £20m signing.