Liverpool supporters have been making a lot of noise in the Transfer Tavern in the last few hours after seeing their team take a giant step towards the Champions League final courtesy of a 5-2 win over Roma in the first leg of their semi-final clash.
Jurgen Klopp’s men eased past Premier League champions Manchester City in the preceding round to earn a first semi-final berth since 2008, with Italian giants Roma awaiting them after they produced a wonderful comeback to dump Barcelona out of the competition. And the Serie A club will have to produce another miracle next week in Rome as well as braces from Mohamed Salah and Roberto Firmino alongside a Sadio Mane strike saw the Reds open up a 5-0 lead, although the visitors did give themselves some hope through Edin Dzeko and Diego Perotti.
Nonetheless, there have been many joyous and jubilant Reds fans in the Tavern in recent times, several of whom reckon their team have done enough to reach the final in Kiev next month, although a few are wary of Roma after they overturned a three-goal deficit against Barca in the last round.
In the meantime though, there has been much for our resident Liverpudlians to get their teeth into, not least recent comments from Lazar Markovic criticising the club for failing to sanction his departure.
Yet the Merseyside giants should indeed do just that this summer, as the £9 million-rated star (as per Transfermarkt) is simply not good enough to command regular football at Anfield.
Ultimately, the 24-year-old has flopped since his £20 million move to Liverpool back in 2014, with just 34 appearances and three goals to show for his endeavours in the North West.
In fact, the Serbia international has spent more time out on loan than in and around the Reds first team, with spells at Fenerbahce, Sporting Lisbon, Hull City, and now Anderlecht indicative of his lowly position in the pecking order.
And with Liverpool going from strength to strength under Klopp, and the front three of Salah, Firmino, and Mane continuing to produce the goods, there is little chance, if any, of Markovic returning to Anfield and being a part of Klopp’s long-term plans, even if he is only 24.
And having never played under Klopp, it’s clear that his time at Liverpool is at an end, and his scathing criticism of the club recently is hardly going to help his cause in returning to the club and getting in the team.
Thus, with his contract up in the summer of 2019 (as per Transfermarkt), Liverpool must seek to cash in on the Serbian star during the close season.
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