According to a recent report from The Liverpool Echo, Lazar Markovic’s future is far from certain heading into the remainder of this month’s transfer window. The 24-year-old currently plays his football at Premier League giants Liverpool and has done so since 2014, although struggles for regular game time under manager Jurgen Klopp this season has called his future at Anfield into question.
And reports suggest that the league leaders are seeking to offload the Serbia international this month given just how far down the pecking order he is at the club, with a reunion with Brendan Rodgers at Celtic potentially what’s needed to resurrect Markovic’s flailing career.
Ultimately, it was current Bhoys chief Rodgers who lured the winger to Anfield back in the summer of 2014, only for the Northern Irishman to be relieved of his duties at the Merseyside heavyweights little over a year later after a poor start to the 2015/16 Premier League season.
And Serbian star Markovic was one man who certainly suffered from Rodgers’ dismissal as he went from appearing 19 times in the league in the 2014/15 season to eventually finishing the 2015/16 campaign with no senior appearances in any competition to his name – in fact, he hasn’t featured for Liverpool at all under Klopp, who took over in October 2015.
As such, it’s pretty clear that the 24-year-old has no future at Anfield under the ex-Borussia Dortmund manager, but given Rodgers showed some faith in him in not only luring him to Liverpool but then playing him 34 times in the 2014/15 season, a reunion at Celtic might be exactly what Markovic needs.
Clearly, there is an extremely talented winger in the Serbia international to earn a move to Anfield four-and-a-half years ago, with his stints at Partizan and indeed Benfica underlining just how bright a future it looked like the 24-year-old had in the game.
Markovic scored 14 goals and laid on 16 assists for the former to thus earn a move to Portuguese heavyweights Benfica in 2013, for whom he then excelled with seven goals and five assists in his one and only season in the Primeira Liga, in which time he helped the club win the title.
Yes, things haven’t gone anywhere near as well for Markovic since then, be it at Liverpool or indeed on loan at Fenerbahce, Sporting Lisbon, Hull City, and Anderlecht, but a fresh start to finally end his Reds nightmare for good might be what he needs to reach his previous heights – Celtic could provide him with that.
Rodgers’ side are very much in a title race this term with Old Firm rivals Rangers, with the two sides level on points at the summit of the Scottish Premiership table to suggest that this month’s window could prove pivotal in determining where the title ends up come May.
Both sides have already strengthened effectively to make their title intentions clear, and luring Markovic north of the border to thus reunite with Rodgers would be another huge statement of intent from the Bhoys – if he can get the best out of Markovic, Celtic would have a massive asset down the flanks.
And given Rodgers was the man to sign him for Liverpool in 2014, the chance to reunite with the Northern Irishman at Parkhead may well be of interest to Markovic in his quest to get his stuttering career going once again – and were he to do just that, Celtic would be huge beneficiaries.
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