11 May 2017

Confirmed: 'Fantastic' £16m Liverpool attacker out for the season after suffering new 'injury' blow

Another day, another Liverpool player injured, but this time, it's on-loan Reds misfit Lazar Markovic who is set for a spell on the sidelines.

Markovic picked up an Ankle injury last week during Hull's home defeat to relegated Sunderland, and according to the club's boss, Marco Silva, the Serb will miss the final two games of the season.

In his pre-match press conference today, Silva explained:

"It's not good news about Markovic's injury, but it's football. He is an important player. He's done good things for our team since he came, but now is the moment to find another solution".

A remarkably charitable assessment, but if Markovic has done 'good things' for Hull, then Silva clearly has very low standards/expectations. Since Markovic arrived at the club:

* 2 goals/0 assists in 14 apps.

* Created just 8 chances in 12 Prem games (One every 126 mins = less than one per game)

When Markovic arrived in January, Hull were in the relegation zone. Four months later, Hull are...still in the relegation zone. Perhaps I'm way off base here, but my understanding is that the primary role of a winger is to create and score goals, but on that front, Markovic has abjectly failed to make a consistent impact (just like at Liverpool).

As a consequence of Markovic's profligacy, Hull are currently 18th in the league table, and it's reasonable to suggest that a few more goals/assists from the Serb might've propelled the club a few more places up the table.

Jurgen Klopp seems open to giving him another chance, though. When asked recently if Markovic still has a future at Anfield, Klopp told reporters:

"Why not? He [Markovic] still has a contract, and he's still a young boy. Everyone knows he's struggled because of a few injuries. If he can stay fit, and help Hull, then of course".

According to the Daily Mail, Liverpool are willing to sell Markovic for '£16m', and West Ham are 'interested in signing' him, so if the Reds can claw back the bulk of his initial fee, then a transfer is a surely a no-brainer...

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


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