10 Sept 2016

Klopp Snubbed? 'Fantastic' £20m Liverpool attacker explains decision to leave Anfield; admits he wants to be a 'champion'

Earlier this week, ex-Red Neil Mellor suggested that Liverpool made the wrong decision to send Lazar Markovic out on loan again. The prevailing view appears to be the Jurgen Klopp pushed the Serb out on loan, but that appears to be wide of the mark.

When asked this week why he swapped Liverpool for Sporting Lisbon, Markovic explained:

"I came to work with Jorge Jesus. I came for him, the President, the ambitions of the club. I am happy to be here and I hope they are happy for me. I hope that together we are champions".

Prior to LFC move, Markovic worked with Jesus at Benfica, and won a league title under the Portuguese's stewardship.

As such, after being shunted around by the Reds, Markovic's desire to work with a manager who showed faith in him in the early stages of his career makes perfect sense.

In my view, there's a subconscious dig at Klopp (and LFC) in Markovic's comments. Klopp is feted as one of the world's best managers, but that seemingly cuts no ice with the Serb, who'd rather go and 'work with' with Jesus. Additionally, Markovic states he wants to be a 'champions', and the obvious implication here is that he can't achieve that at Anfield (he's probably right).

It would've been interesting to see if Klopp could get something out of Markovic, but Liverpool's manager doesn't appear to have any real rapport with - or faith in - the £20m winger, so a loan deal is probably best for both parties.

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


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