Markovic says Rodgers relationship ‘was a problem’

Matt Stead

Lazar Markovic has revealed his relationship with Brendan Rodgers “was a problem” at Liverpool, as was his playing position(s).

Markovic was loaned out to Fenerbahce after struggling in his debut season at Liverpool last campaign, with many questioning his £20million price tag after joining from Benfica.

It is reported that Jurgen Klopp is considering recalling Markovic from his loan in January.

The Serbian played just two games in his favoured right-wing position, with right wing-back one of the other five positions Rodgers attempted to shoehorn him into in his 20 Premier League appearances.

Markovic, who has shown glimpses of his best form already at Fenerbahce, says that both his relationship with Rodgers and the fact he was playing in numerous different positions “was a problem” during his initial spell.

“I didn’t have a good relationship with the coach,” he told Portuguese newspaper A Bola. “That was a problem.

“I played in many positions but didn’t play in mine.”

Markovic holds out hope for a future at Anfield however, adding: “I do not look at the past… And Liverpool have a new coach.”