8 Sept 2016

Big Mistake? 54% of Liverpool fans insist Klopp was wrong to dump 'fantastic' £20m attacker

Earlier this week, ex-Red Neil Mellor suggested that Liverpool made the wrong decision to send £20m winger Lazar Markovic out on loan again, but what do fans think about Jurgen Klopp's decision?

In his column for the Liverpool Echo this week, Mellor claimed

"I would've liked to see him [Markovic] stay. It’s difficult to see how he can develop [at Sporting Lisbon] just like it was difficult to see in Turkey last season".

I conducted a poll this week asking fans if Klopp should've kept Markovic in the squad this season:

* 54% of participating fans voted in favour of Markovic staying at Anfield for the season.

This is not an emphatic result, but it is a majority, and shows that some Liverpool fans (surprisingly) still have faith in Markovic despite his erratic form, and regular injuries.

I voted YES to keeping Markovic. I'm not his biggest fan, but Liverpool are short of wingers (especially wingers with pace), and when Mane leaves for the African Cup of Nations in January, there's no real like-for-like replacement. Sheyi Ojo is the only other dedicated winger in the first-team squad, but he his is even more inexperienced than Markovic, and doesn't have the same level of blistering pace.

It would've been interesting to see if Klopp could get something out of Markovic, but sending him out on loan suggests that he doesn't rate him (and probably means he'll be dumped if/when Liverpool can recover the bulk of his £20m transfer fee)

^ Hailed as 'fantastic' by Jordan Henderson last season.


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