Jurgen Klopp is said to be weighing up whether to exercise a recall option on Lazar Markovic, to end his loan spell with Fenerbahce this January.
It’s claimed that the terms of Markovic’s season-long move to the Turkish giants include an option to recall him in January.
James Pearce of the Liverpool Echo claims that Klopp is considering adding the high-potential Serbian forward to his ranks as he looks to bolster his attacking options.
“It has emerged that the Reds do have the option of cutting short the Serbia international’s season-long stay in Turkey during the winter transfer window,” Pearce writes.
“Klopp is an admirer of Markovic and must decide whether the 21-year-old attacker would be better served returning to Anfield for the second half of the campaign or continuing his development in Istanbul until next summer.”
After a slow start to life on Merseyside, it was widely believed that Markovic’s Liverpool career was over.
But the dismissal of Brendan Rodgers this October looks to have sparked an upturn in fortunes for the former Benfica man, who joined the Reds in a deal worth £20 million last summer.
Pearce continues to explain that “Fenerbahce, who are paying 100% wages of his wages this season, don’t have the option to buy Markovic.
“Liverpool were always insistent that the switch to Turkey was simply to get him regular game-time and Klopp is likely to give Markovic the opportunity to belatedly kick-start his Reds career.”
With Liverpool short on orthodox wide options at present, recalling Markovic represents a no-brainer for Klopp.
Able to play on either wing and as a No. 10, Markovic would add pace, work rate and direct attacking play to the Reds’ forward line.
Andre Wisdom and Tiago Ilori are other players currently out on loan that would significantly flesh out Klopp’s depleted ranks, but it is unknown as to whether their terms include a similar recall option.