Markovic has asked for more time to adjust to the rigours of the Premier League.
Liverpool’s attempts to replace Luis Suarez with a host of attacking talents has so far been unsuccessful, particularly in the case of Lazar Markovic, who has not impressed in his three starts for the club.
The winger was tracked by teams from across Europe over the last few seasons, but it was the Reds who took the plunge and paid Benfica £20m to secure his signing.
So far it has not looked like money well spent, but the Serbian has insisted that he just needs more time to settle in the Premier League.
“You know how things go in football,” Markovic was quoted by the Mirror.
“It will take a little more time, but, all in all, I feel OK.
“I just need a little bit more time.”
The 20-year-old is currently behind Raheem Sterling, Philippe Coutinho and fellow new signing Adam Lallana in the queue for a place in the starting XI and is about to be pushed further back by the return of Daniel Sturridge from injury.
While the depth to Brendan Rodgers’ squad means the pressure on Markovic isn’t as intense as it could be, it will also make it harder for the youngster to get the time on the pitch he needs to adjust to English football and secure his place in the team.