Jurgen Klopp started his Liverpool career with a draw against Tottenham away from the Anfield last weekend, one of the highlights of the match was the obvious change in the style of play of the Reds. It was expected with the German in charge, and he will only have to bring in few changes to the squad if the high-pressing philosophy is to be maintained.
A player he could do with is Lazar Markovic, who is currently on loan with Fenerbahce. The 20 million Pound Serb signing couldn’t fit in at Liverpool last season, majorly due to Brendan Rodgers’ style of deploying him in the wrong position. However, his time at Turkey has seen him excel, and the attacker is a constant part of the Turkish giants starting lineup. Klopp might just look in Markovic’s direction come Winter.
Rodgers’ reign only produced 2 attacking players who made a part of his first team, Coutinho and Sturridge. The likes of Lallana, Balotelli and Markovic flopped, but the last 2 are now seemingly picking up form while away from Anfield. Klopp is said to be a keen admirer of Markovic, and will know the exact position to field him.
The Serbia international was used as a defensive player and a wing back under the Irish coach, limiting his appearances to just 24 cameo features in the League. His departure left to speculations that he wasn’t no longer required at Anfield, after the club had earlier tipped him as having the talent to succeed at Merseyside, and the coach praising him for his ‘excellent’ finishing during the pre season games. He took to twitter to discard such speculations,
“Liverpool didn’t send me away – I wanted to leave.”
However, despite the chances of him wanting to return earlier or at the end of the loan very low as a result of having secured regular playing time in Turkey, the Liverpool echo says,
“Liverpool have the option of cutting short Markovic’s stay in Turkey. Jurgen Klopp is an admirer of Markovic and will consider recalling him in January”.
He might just arrive in January to finally justify his transfer fees, as he will come very handy in a club that only has Jordan Ibe as the primary winger. Markovic’s pace will no doubt be needful in a side that is slowly adapting a ‘full-throttle’ approach to games.