Liverpool should offload Markovic and Origi before the transfer window closes
Liverpool have made a fantastic start to the season with two wins from their first two games and look right on track to mount a serious challenge for the Premier League crown.
Jurgen Klopp has been clinical with his transfer signings and the new reinforcements. Naby Keita, Alisson Becker, Fabinho and Xherdan Shaqiri have all fit into his plans. It can be said that none of his transfers have flopped so far.
After spending heavily in the summer transfer window, it is now time for Liverpool to offload some of their less fancied players who are not expected to play a key role in their charge for the title.
Here are two players that Klopp can choose to loan out before the window closes.
1. Lazar Markovic
Arguably one of Liverpool’s flop transfers of the decade, the Serbian winger joined Liverpool from Benfica back in 2014 but has failed to make his cut into the first-team.
Markovic made 23 starts and 11 substitute appearances in the 2014/15 season but failed to replicate his blistering form that he showed at his previous club Benfica, where he had won a domestic treble.
After failing to impress, Markovic soon became a loan candidate for the Reds and has never really come in with a shout for a role in the squad. The 24-year-old Serbian has spent most of his time on loan stints at Fenerbahce, Sporting Lisbon, Hull City and Anderlecht over the course of his Liverpool career.
And it looks like Liverpool will have to find the Serbian winger a club for the fourth successive season. According to Liverpool Echo, Galatasaray and Anderlecht are interested in taking the player on a loan deal with an option to buy as Markovic has only 12 months left on his contract.
Markovic, a player with huge potential, has failed to live up to the expectations at Anfield and Liverpool should try to offload him as he apparently has no future at the club. On the other hand, the Serbian is still only 24 and has the years on his side to rejuvenate a dwindling career.
2. Divock Origi
The Belgian attacker joined Liverpool from French club Lille in 2014 but was immediately loaned back to his former club for the 2014/15 season. He made his debut for Liverpool in the 2015/16 season where he was mostly used as a substitute.
He made a total of 16 appearances in the league. He played a much bigger role next season, making 34 appearances in the league and scoring 7 goals.
However, he was loaned out to German club VFL Wolfsburg last season and will find it really difficult to fight for a place in the team this season with the likes of Daniel Sturridge, Mohamed Salah, Roberto Firmino and Sadio Mane all fit and running.
The arrival of new signings have pushed Origi down the pecking order at Anfield and Liverpool are looking to offload the player permanently. As per the Guardian, Borussia Dortmund are interested to take the Belgian on loan but Liverpool will only accept the offer if the German club agrees to make the deal permanent.
Origi has two years left on his contract and Liverpool should try to raise handsome funds by getting a good deal for the youngster.