Lazar Markovic has been linked with a return to Benfica, 12 months after signing for Liverpool for £19.8 million.
The report comes via the reputable Portuguese paper A Bola, who write that Benfica have told Liverpool about their interest to take Markovic back to Portugal, but that they know a deal would be difficult to reach.
However, a loan deal could prove more appealing for both clubs.
Last month, The Times reported that Liverpool retain confidence in Markovic’s talent, but there’s a concern that he may not be equipped to thrive in English football.
Markovic is an attacking midfielder by trade, but spent most of his first season at Liverpool playing in an unfamiliar wing-back role.
Indeed, Markovic never played in the role which many feel is his best and where he regularly played for Benfica last season as a left-sided attacking midfielder.
The only time he did play in that position, which he also frequents for his country, Serbia, was on his debut as substitute against Man City last August when he looked lively.
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