Lazar Markovic looks set to join Fenerbache on loan this summer, with reports claiming he has passed his medical after arriving in Turkey.
According to Sky Sports, Markovic “is set to spend the rest of the campaign in Istanbul, where he will team up with former Manchester United striker Robin van Persie.”
Markovic joined the Reds in a deal worth up to £20 million last summer, but has failed to feature in any of Brendan Rodgers’ first four match-day squads for the 2015/16 season.
The 21-year-old’s absence at Anfield for Saturday’s 3-0 loss to West Ham United could be explained by his impending transfer.
Markovic announced his arrival in Turkey on Twitter, writing “hello Fener.”
Pictured wearing a Fenerbache scarf and posing with fans after he landed in Istanbul on Saturday, Markovic’s move is likely to be completed in the coming days.
A season spent on loan in the English top flight would be preferable to further experience gained in a lesser league.
Markovic joined Liverpool were experience in the Serbian Superliga with Partizan Belgrade and the Portugese Primeira Liga with Benfica, but his 19 league appearances for the Reds in 2014/15 suggested he was not yet physically prepared for the demands of the Premier League.
Markovic’s pace and direct running style were missing as Liverpool flailed to a 3-0 defeat on Saturday, and sanctioning this loan may prove costly for Rodgers this season.
Nevertheless, it looks like Markovic is Fenerbache-bound.