Why Celtic would be better off avoiding Liverpool’s Lazar Markovic
When Lazar Markovic arrived at Liverpool, expectations on him were high. The Serb had just won back-to-back titles with Partizan Belgrade and a treble with Benfica and was starting to make a name for himself across Europe. However, as it often happens in life, expectations are one thing, and reality – another.
In his first season at Anfield, Markovic played 34 matches in all competitions, scoring 3 goals and providing one assist. A fairly poor return from a footballer, who was signed for £20million!
Clearly, Markovic was finding it hard to adapt to life in the Premier League, so he was loaned out to Fenerbahce. He started brightly but wasn’t able to shine because of a hamstring injury, which drastically limited his time on the field.
The following season, he had loan spells with both Sporting Lisbon and Hull City but could not show his true potential and repeat the great form he had shown for Benfica and Partizan.
Thus came last campaign, when he was loaned out to Anderlecht in Belgium. He made just 8 appearances, bagging one goal and one assist.
Now, Markovic is back at Melwood for pre-season training but reports suggest he has no future at Liverpool. It’s not surprising, having in mind his last match for the Reds came on 2 May 2015 – just 6 minutes against QPR.
The question is, are Liverpool ready to sell him, or will they look to send him away on loan again? Galatasaray and Anderlecht are said to be interested in him but there has been no confirmation regarding these rumours.
Apart from the interested ones, one club that can potentially look at the possibility of getting Markovic is Celtic. After all, it was Brendan Rodgers who brought him to the UK in the first place. But is the Eastern European the right man for them?
Rodgers has James Forrest, Jonny Hayes and Ryan Christie at right-wing, so at first glance, it’s clear Celtic do not need strengthening in this area.
Even if he were to be used as a left-winger or as an attacking midfielder, it doesn’t look like the Hoops need a new signing in these positions. Scott Sinclair, Lewis Morgan, Tom Rogic and Callum McGregor are all in the squad and will be ahead of him in the pecking order.
It’s always sad when a player, who has talent and potential, sees his career stagnate. But Markovic is still young enough to force his way to the top.
He has to choose wisely and carefully, although the same goes for the potential suitors. As of now though, it seems like Markovic and Celtic is a marriage that will be doomed before it even begins.