Liverpool midfielder Lazar Markovic is reportedly set to end his loan spell with Sporting Lisbon to directly join Hull City on a temporary basis.
Liverpool midfielder Lazar Markovic, who was sent on loan to Sporting Lisbon this past summer, has had his deal cut short with the Portuguese club. Instead of returning back to the Merseyside club, the Serbian is now heading to the KCOM Stadium to join Hull City until the end of the season, the club confirmed.
The Liverpool journey hasn’t turned out to be quite as enjoyable as Lazar Markovic would have hoped to have had. Signed from Benfica in 2014 for a reported £20 million, a lot was expected of the Serbian after he had shown promising signs by bagging seven goals and five assists in a season with the Aguias.
However, the switch to Anfield hasn’t quite worked out well, as Markovic has failed to deliver the goods on the promise he showed in the early stages of his career. He was utilised in several positions in his first season with Liverpool, as the Reds followed the title challenging 2013/14 season with a dismal sixth-placed finish.
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The 22-year-old youngster made 34 appearances for Brendan Rodgers side, with a paltry total of 3 goals to show for his efforts. The following season, he was sent on loan to Fenerbahce and it was more of the same for the youngster, as he scored twice and assisted thrice in 21 appearances for the Turkish club.
It was thought that Jurgen Klopp’s arrival at Anfield was going to give a new lease of life to Markovic’s Liverpool career, but the Serbian was sent to Portugal on a season-long loan spell at Sporting Lisbon. Suffice to say, he didn’t live up to expectations yet again, and the club have now cancelled the loan deal.
Back from the Sporting loan deal, Markovic has now sealed a temporary move within England, with Hull signing the youngster until the end of the season. The lowly Premier League club, battling relegation, have recently appointed Marco Silva who has turned to the transfer market to make improvements to his squad.
The Tigers have already had additions to their squad in the winter transfer window, with Omar Elabdellaoui, Oumar Niasse and Evandro joining the club on loan deals until the end of the season.
Silva has secured a similar deal for Markovic, and the Hull manager would hope to reignite the spark within the Serbian. Markovic and Liverpool, on the other hand, would be hoping that this is a starting of the end of the 22-year-old’s misery with the Reds.