Jurgen Klopp has vowed to give Liverpool loanee Lazar Markovic another chance to prove himself at Anfield when the player returns to the club from a season-long loan with Fenerbahce.
The Serbia international was brought to the club by Brendan Rodgers in the summer of 2014 after the Reds agreed a £20million deal with Benfica. But after struggling to have an impact in his first season at Anfield, Markovic loaned to Fener for the 2015/16 campaign.
Markovic, who admitted last year he had a strained relationship with former Reds boss Rodgers, has returned to Melwood as he nurses a groin injury and the 22-year-old looks certain to be given another opportunity as Klopp aims to rebuild his squad.
“I will say at the start of pre-season, ‘welcome, and then it’s up to you’,” Klopp said.
“That is how it is in football, it is a long pre-season and if he wants to come back to Liverpool on July 2, then you are welcome.
“We are short on wingers. Everybody who is involved in pre-season can have a part to play next season. We need a big squad because of the European Championships.
“Pre-season is a long time to show what you have and then after this we’ll make decisions.”
Klopp has been linked with Nice winger Hatem Ben Arfa this week.