Jamie Carragher believes that Lazar Markovic has put himself into starting contention for Liverpool’s match against Tottenham Hotspur on Sunday.
The 20-year-old Serbian came off the bench last night to make his debut and impressed against Manchester City, although he wasn’t able to have much on an impact on the final score.
Markovic showed his direct approach to the game, but it was too little too late for the Reds as they slumped to a disappointing 3-1 defeat against last season’s champions.
But Carragher believes that the £20 million signing from Benfica did enough in his brief time on the pitch to encourage Brendan Rodgers to give him a more prominent role in their next fixture.
He took to Twitter to say: “looked promising when he came on Markovic think he'll be in contention to start at Spurs.”
.@DaveHall87 looked promising when he came on Markovic think he'll be in contention to start at Spurs.— Jamie Carragher (@Carra23) August 26, 2014
If he does indeed force his way into starting contention then he will have an important job on his first full-appearance in English football.
The Reds’ defeat last night has highlighted how far they still have to go to be considered title contenders – even after a host of new additions.
Liverpool were City’s closest rivals last season, but they were comfortably beaten in the fixture last night – with Manuel Pellegrini’s men showing more class in-front of goal.
It means that they will wanting to get things back on track at the weekend and start to build some momentum.
When Liverpool traveled to White Hart Lane last campaign they picked up a 5-0 win, but Spurs look a different team this season and they are sure to pose a far bigger threat under Maurcio Pochettino.
The North-London outfit have won their first two matches of the league season and they will be full of confidence going into the game.
Markovic, if he does make his first start, is likely not to be the only player in that position in Liverpool’s team.
It is expected that Mario Balotelli could also make his debut in the match and Rodgers will be hoping that his new £16 million buy from AC Milan has an immediate effect.