Reds boss explains new-boy’s slow start.
Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers has admitted that young winger Lazar Markovic has not quite settled at the club since joining from Benfica in the summer, according to the Liverpool Echo.
The Merseyside giants made a host of new signings during the summer transfer window, and Markovic is one of several to have slightly underwhelmed in his performances for the club so far.
Having cost around £20m, big things have been expected from the Serbian wide-man, who has long been regarded as one of the most promising young players in Europe.
However, Rodgers admits that the 20-year-old is having to adapt to a far higher level of competition in the Premier League after moving to England from the Portuguese top flight, and has suggested that it could still take him some time to settle in at his new club.
“With young Markovic it’s taking time with him,” he said. “He’s in a new country and he’s getting used to a new way of life and he’s just getting accustomed to the physicality of this league having come from Portugal where it’s totally different.”
The Northern Irishman added, however, that he is not overly concerned by the form of his new signings, saying that sometimes it takes time for players to reach their best form, and that not everyone can hit the ground running.
“We’re certainly not disregarding any of the players we’ve brought in,” he said. “These are players who we believe will be outstanding players here but sometimes you can hit the ground running and sometimes it takes a wee bit of time.”
Adam Lallana is another new signing the fans have not seen the best of yet, but Rodgers is confident that he will be a big player for the team, saying: “If you look at Adam Lallana his performance in the (Merseyside) derby showed that he is going to be a very good player, the supporters are going to love him.”