Lazar Markovic: “I was not able to prove myself at Liverpool”

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Lazar Markovic has continued to discuss his troubled 2014/15 campaign at Liverpool, claiming he was not given a chance to prove his worth.

KINGSTON-UPON-HULL, ENGLAND - Tuesday, April 28, 2015: Liverpool's Lazar Markovic against Hull City during the Premier League match at the KC Stadium. (Pic by Gareth Jones/Propaganda)

Markovic, who is currently on loan with Turkish Super Lig side Fenerbahce, believes he was not given the opportunity to settle into the Liverpool first team by former manager Brendan Rodgers.

The 21-year-old, speaking to Turkish publication Fanatix, has suggested he is more settled with the Yellow Canaries.

“I was not able to prove myself at Liverpool as I was played out of position but thank goodness that is not the case at Fenerbahce,” he said.

“I am played in position here and have managed to get myself into the first team it is absolutely fantastic to play regularly and feel valued.”

Markovic continued to describe Fener as a “great community,” saying “I do not feel any crowd pressure on myself.”

The forward attributes much of this to the management of Vitor Pereira, who he likened to his former Benfica coach, Jorge Jesus.

LONDON, ENGLAND - Saturday, April 4, 2015: Liverpool's Joe Allen, Lazar Markovic, Lucas Leiva and captain Jordan Henderson look dejected as Arsenal score the third goal before half-time during the Premier League match at the Emirates Stadium. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

Markovic made the £20 million move from Benfica to Merseyside last summer, but failed to cultivate a similar affection for the club as he enjoyed in Lisbon.

“I will never forget Benfica,” he continued.

“Benfica is a very special place for me. I spent a very good time there, and we won both the cup and league championships.

“Therefore, of course, it is impossible to forget Benfica.

“But I can not say the same for Liverpool.

“The reason is the following: there I did not show the performance I wanted, and I couldn’t get the minutes I wanted.”

Markovic hit out at Rodgers’ management this week, saying “I didn’t have a good relationship with the coach,” before reasserting his belief that “I played in many positions but didn’t play in mine.”

This led to speculation that Markovic could be recalled by new Reds manager Jurgen Klopp in January—though this was later denied by English press.

But as the Serbian concluded “I do not look at the past…and Liverpool have a new coach,” he may have left the door open for a return when his loan deal expires in the summer.

Perhaps under Klopp in the future, Markovic could find a similar affinity with Merseyside.

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