Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp has confirmed midfielder Lazar Markovic’s will probably be leaving the club this summer.
The Serbia international winger made an appearance for the Reds in their opening friendly of the summer against Tranmere but was the subsequently left out of Klopp’s squad to travel out to Hong Kong.
Markovic moved to Anfield for £20million from Portuguese side Benfica three seasons ago but has since made just 34 appearances for the club in all competitions.
Despite loan spells at Sporting Lisbon and Hull City last season, Klopp wasn’t adequately impressed and is now looking to off-load him on a permanent basis.
“With Lazar, it’s no secret that if he finds a club then we will negotiate. It was like this last year too,” Klopp told the Liverpool Echo.
“He’s a really good player. I like him as a person.
“He’s now fit and another one who is in the best shape since I’ve known him.
“Before he had problems with his groin but now he’s good. There will be a club out there who needs him.”
What are the key numbers behind Markovic’s spell in England?
48 – The winger has made 48 appearances across all competitions, with six of his nine full games coming in a Hull shirt.
2 – In the Premier League, Markovic has averaged more defensive actions per game (two) than successful dribbles.
1 – He has made a grand total of one assist, which came in a February 2015 Premier League clash for the Merseyside giants against Southampton.