Lazar Markovic has revealed that new Hull City manager Marco Silva played a key role in his loan move from Liverpool.
After seemingly failing to impress Reds boss Jurgen Klopp during pre-season, Markovic signed for Portuguese giants Sporting on a season-long deal last summer.
However, the winger made just six Liga appearances, none of which were completed. As such, his loan was terminated by mutual consent this month.
Markovic decided to complete another temporary transfer, though, rather than fight for a place at Liverpool for the remainder of the campaign.
The Serbia international is now keen to make an impact on Humberside by helping the Tigers to maintain their Premier League status.
Reflecting on his move, Markovic told Hull’s official website: “Marco convinced me that this was a good move for me and I am very happy to be here. He is a very successful coach from abroad and has started well at this club too.
“I look forward to working with him and the rest of the staff. Everyone is very confident that we can keep this club in the Premier League and I am looking forward to playing my part this season.
“We have a good coach and a good squad so we have to be confident of our chances of remaining in the division.”
Silva has impressed since replacing Mike Phelan in the Hull hot-seat, sealing successive home wins against Swansea City and Bournemouth.
The Portuguese coach has also suffered away defeats to Manchester United and Chelsea, though his side produced good performances in both matches.