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Liverpool Boss Believes Length of Lazar Markovic Ban Is “Harsh”

Besiktas will provide a stern test for Liverpool

Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers today had his say on UEFA’s decision to hand winger Lazar Markovic a four-match ban for his red card in December against FC Basle.

Markovic was sent off for lashing out at Behrang Safari, an incident which was deemed worthy of a straight red and led to the decision, which has landed Liverpool a significant blow to their Europa League hopes.

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The Reds take on Besiktas tomorrow in a bid to win the competition which will guarantee a place in next season’s Champions League.

“We are obviously disappointed with the length of the ban,” Rodgers told reporters in Istanbul ahead of the clash (via the Mirror).

“We felt it was very harsh but we accept it and unfortunately he won’t be able to contribute. Hopefully he will play many more European games for the club.”

Markovic has played a crucial part in the club’s recent revival since the turn of the year.

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