Phil Thompson: Lazar Markovic's introduction 'very strange' - and he deserved red card

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The former Liverpool defender is wondering what Brendan Rodgers is doing in the training ground.

Ex-Liverpool defender Phil Thompson has questioned Brendan Rodgers' decision to bring 20-year-old Lazar Markovic on during the Reds' Champions League clash with FC Basel last night.

And the Serb, who replaced Liverpool striker Rickie Lambert at half-time, deserved to be sent off after appearing to poke an opponent in the face, according to the 60-year-old.

“It’s very difficult to see why Markovic came on when you’ve seen [Adam] Lallana playing in most of the games,” ex-Liverpool man Thompson said on Sky Sports. “[Philippe] Coutinho, you would think, has a lot more to open up this defence.

“So I thought that was very, very strange. You just wonder how and why they weren’t playing. I’d like to see certain players like Adam Lallana given a run. He’s been the one that you could say has done very, very well. But he’s in for one match, he’s man of the match, then he’s out for two games. You think, ‘what’s going on on the training ground?

“Markovic puts his arm out and caught him on the tip of the nose – he went down pole axed – but why was he doing that in the first place? It’s taking a risk in European competition and the referee was looking straight at him. He’s cost the team by getting sent off."

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