Liverpool are reportedly prepared to allow Lazar Markovic to leave the club this summer.
Goal.com understands that Liverpool’s lack of European football this season means that Jurgen Klopp needs to trim his squad for the reduced schedule, and he sees no place for the Serbian winger.
Markovic, who joined Liverpool from Benfica for £20m in 2014 – fee reported by BBC Sport – spent last term on loan at Fenerbahce and was expected to get this pre-season to impress the Reds manager.
Goal.com reports that Klopp wanted to recall Markovic from Turkey last January and would have kept the 22-year-old at Anfield had Liverpool had Champions League or Europa League commitments.
Without them, the German appears to feel that he can do without the 22-year-old. He does have Philippe Coutinho, Roberto Firmino, Sadio Mane, Adam Lallana and Sheyi Ojo in Markovic’s position.
Sporting Lisbon, who are managed by Markovic’s former Benfica boss Jorge Jesus, are his most likely next destination, although there is interest from both Spain and Italy, according to Goal.com.
Goal.com adds that Liverpool will try to find the best possible move for the unfortunate youngster, and would consider sanctioning another season-long loan deal if a sizeable fee was attached.
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