Liverpool’s under-23 side defeated Swansea 2-0 on Thursday night thanks to goals from Lazar Markovic and Glen McAuley. The U23 team’s win came in the Premier League International Cup. The side is now just one point off of Group E leaders Villarreal.
Lazar Markovic – Worst LFC signing ever?
Goalscorer Lazar Markovic grabbed headlines with the win as the 24-year-old completed 79 minutes of the encounter. Markovic, who is widely considered the worst signing in Liverpool history, has been relegated to playing with the U23 team this season.
Markovic joined Liverpool in 2014, just one season after signing for Benfica. The attacking midfielder played 34 times scoring three goals for the Reds.
However, the Serbian was unable to hold down a first-team position the following season. He subsequently went out on loan the four next seasons.
Last summer, Markovic was expected to sign for Anderlecht, a team he had already been on loan at. The deal fell through and he has been frozen out of the first-team.
Markovic arrived on a £20 million transfer and his five-year contract will finally come to an ended next summer when it expires.
Until Markovic’s recent performances with the U23 team, many supporters had forgotten about the Serbian.
What went wrong?
According to the man that signed Markovic, Brendan Rodgers, Markovic was “hungry” and “exciting”. Yet, Markovic never fit into Rodgers’ style of play and he is far from the type of player Jurgen Klopp desires in his heavy metal football team.
Although reports from Melwood indicate Markovic has been a complete professional this season, some comments he made last season in Belgium showed his unhappiness with Liverpool.
Following Anderlecht’s 2-1 loss to Genk, a game in which Markovic scored, he stated the “way in which Liverpool treated me was unspeakable”.
Markovic has revealed Liverpool had been unwilling to let him go unless another team could meet their price valuation. Right now, it seems Liverpool are ready to get anything for the Serbian.
Although there are rumours of interest from afar, the likelihood of Markovic remaining at Anfield until the summer is high.
Is Lazar Markovic Liverpool’s worst ever signing?