23 Sept 2015

Sick of Rodgers? £20m Liverpool star confirms he 'wanted to leave' and insists loan was his choice

Last season, £20m signing Lazar Markovic struggled to make an impact at Liverpool, and Brendan Rodgers' mismanagement is arguably the main reason for the Serb's failure to settle into the team. Markovic seems to be settling in well at Fenerbahce, and he's now revealed that he - not LFC - was the driving force behind leaving the club.

Last night, Markovic - hailed by Rodgers in pre-season for his 'excellent' finishing - posted the following message on his twitter account:

"Liverpool didn’t send me away - I wanted to leave.”

It's hardly surprising Markovic wanted to leave:

* Repeatedly played out of position as a wing-back, and very rarely deployed in his best position.

* Unused substitute 14 times.

Markovic is just the latest in a long line of attacking players who've failed under Brendan Rodgers, with Coutinho and Sturridge the only forwards (to date) who have flourished under his fabled tutelage.

Liverpool reportedly believe that 'Markovic has the talent to succeed at Anfield', but if he gets regular game-time in Turkey, will he even want to come back?

I doubt he'll want to return with Rodgers at the helm, but the reality is that the Northern Irishman may not even be in charge when Markovic's loan spell ends next year.

Granted, Markovic is not worth anywhere near £20m, and he didn't really take the chances he was given last season, but some players need to be in a specific position to perform.

In Markovic's case, Rodgers should've done everything possible to ensure a smooth transition into the league, and the country. Instead, he created an environment which was conducive to failure, not success.

It's so unbelievably simple: just utilise players in the best positions! What is so freakin' hard about that?

Author: Jaimie K


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