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EXCLUSIVE: Lazar Markovic Draws Attention from China

LFC Transfer Room understands Liverpool outcast Lazar Markovic is attracting interest from China with Jurgen Klopp looking to offload the winger. LFC Transfer Room’s Rob Rogers reports.

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In an exclusive interview with the Liverpool Echo’s James Pearce last month, he revealed to us that Liverpool are desperate to offload Markovic in the January window.

Sources close to the player have now told LFC Transfer Room there is serious interest in him from a club in the Chinese Super League, who are looking to sign him for £10 million.

It is unclear whether Lazar Markovic will complete a move to China at this stage, but the amount of money on offer would definitely be tempting for the 23-year-old.

It has also been reported recently by the Turkish press that Markovic may return to Fenerbahce on loan for a second time in January.

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Early promise

Despite showing glimpses of class last season on loan at Hull City, Liverpool have struggled to offload their once promising winger, and the £10 million fee from China will more than likely be accepted.

Markovic’s market value has decreased significantly during his time at the club. With his 5-year-contract due to end in 2019, LFC will be keen to recoup a fee while reducing their wage budget.

When Markovic arrived at the club, it was considered a massive coup with various clubs across Europe courting the 20-year-old’s signature. That included Chelsea, who had a pre-agreed option to sign him for £12.5 million.

Markovic’s time at LFC

Markovic has struggled to settle in to life on Merseyside following his £22.5 million move from Benfica in 2014, having been sent out on loan to three different clubs so far.

The agent of Marko Grujic, Zoran Stojadinovic, suggested last month it was a mistake to loan Lazar to clubs outside of the Premier League. He stated he wouldn’t be making the same mistake with his client.

After just one assist and three goals in 34 appearances for the Reds, Markovic will be relieved to see his three-and-a-half year stay on Merseyside come to an end.

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Having seemingly been signed by the infamous ‘transfer committee’, former manager Brendan Rodgers rarely played Markovic. Even when he was called upon he was often played out of position at wing back.

Finally starting more games, Markovic’s Liverpool career was then defined by his harsh sending off against FC Basel. He received a 4 game ban during the clubs underwhelming 2014/15 Champions League campaign.

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Under Klopp

Since Jürgen Klopp has taken the helm, Lazar’s been completely surplus to requirements at the club. He’s failed to make a single competitive appearance since the German’s arrival.

Markovic will be one of many names leaving Anfield during the January transfer window. It’s expected various fringe  and youth players will leave on loan or be sold.

It’s clear that a transfer would be the best option for player and club. It allows Liverpool to recoup a portion of the transfer fee they paid and allows Markovic to get his once promising career back on track – wherever it may be.

Are you happy to see Markovic potentially leave? Should Klopp give him a chance? We want to know.

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