Mark Lawrenson: Why Liverpool loaning Lazar Markovic is a good thing
Former Liverpool defender Mark Lawrenson believes Lazar Markovic's loan move sends a message to Reds squad
Mark Lawrenson has praised Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers for clearing out the deadwood at Anfield.
Lazar Markovic is set to be unveiled by Turkish side Fenerbahce later on Sunday after the Serbia international passed a medical earlier this weekend.
They are clearing people out at the club and that is a good thing
The 21-year-old has underwhelmed for the Merseyside outfit following his £20m move to Liverpool from Portuguese outfit Sporting Lisbon last summer.
And former Liverpool centre-half Lawrenson is pleased to see the disappointing Serbian winger seal a season-long loan move at Fenerbahce.
“Lazar Markovic is likely to go to Fenerbahce in Turkey on loan for the whole season,” Lawrenson told Liverpool Echo.
“I’m afraid it’s a sign they think the £20m signing has just not cut the mustard.
“It’s not as if they’re thinking of sending him over there until January to get some game time and bringing him back.
“They are clearing people out at the club and that is a good thing.
“It sends a message to all the other players going forward. He’s flattered to deceive since he arrived at Anfield.”
Markovic scored three times in 32 appearances in all competition for the Merseyside outfit in his first season at Anfield.
The former Partizan Belgrade winger scored against Bournemouth in the League Cup before he netted in a 1-0 victory over Sunderland at Stadium of Light.
Markovic, who has netted three times in 20 appearances for the Serbia national team, broke the deadlock in a 3-2 win against Tottenham Hotspur at Anfield in March.