After scoring in Fenerbahce’s final Europa League Group Group A clash against Celtic on Thursday night, Lazar Markovic admitted his future was up in the air.
The 21-year-old endured a hit-and-miss first season on Merseyside, before former Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers saw fit to loan him to Fenerbahce for the 2015/16 campaign.
This decision was roundly criticised, given the lack of attacking options in Rodgers’ squad for the season.
His successor, Jurgen Klopp has expressed his frustration at the amount of Liverpool players out on loan, and was reported to have explored the possibility of recalling Markovic in January.
But after notching the decisive goal in Thursday’s 1-1 draw with Celtic, the Serbian international suggested he could stay at Fenerbahce beyond the end of the season.
“[Could] I stay at Fenerbahce, why not?” he told Turkish outlet AMK.
“I think when dealing with this issue [we should] come together and [decide].”
Though this is far from a definitive signal of the forward’s intent, his success on loan at Fenerbahce could persuade him to seek an exit from Liverpool in the summer.
"Not a moment @celticfc will want to remember!" @LFC loanee @LMarkec50 opens the scoring for @Fenerbahce_EN. #UEL https://t.co/AbJCIpxvfn
— Football on BT Sport (@btsportfootball) December 10, 2015
Markovic has scored one goal and made one assist in 11 appearances for the club so far this season, with his pace and defensive contribution on the right flank proving an invaluable option for Vitor Pereira.
Speaking back in October, the former Benfica star admitted that he was enjoying life in Istanbul more than at Liverpool.
“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.”
But as the £20 million man admitted, “I do not look at the past…and Liverpool have a new coach,” after blaming Rodgers for his failure to adapt to life in the Premier League, Markovic hinted that Klopp’s arrival could see him extend his stay.
Though his most recent comments will not be encouraging for the Reds, Klopp’s influence could still see Markovic change his mind in the summer.