Jordan Henderson backs Lazar Markovic to come good at Liverpool

The Liverpool midfielder struggled at the start of his Anfield career but is backing Lazar Markovic to turn things around.

Liverpool were dumped out of the Champions League in midweek, with a 1-1 draw not good enough against FC Basel to progress to the next round. Instead the Swiss side made it through and in all honesty it was a fair reflection on the state of the group.

Liverpool's hopes of turning things around did not get helped by the red card for Lazar Markovic. The Serbian flung out an arm at Basel left-back Behrang Safari and while there was no contact and Safari went down embarrassingly, it was still a red card for the player, who has struggled since his £20 million move from Benfica.

He arrived with a massive reputation but has failed to live up to the price-tag or indeed the hype since he joining the Anfield outfit.

But he has an ally in the Liverpool dressing room in a player who knows what it is like to live up to hype and a price-tag at Liverpool.

Jordan Henderson was snapped up by Liverpool from Sunderland for a fee in the region of £16 million back in June 2011.

He arrived as one of England's top young talents but he struggled at the club and was even told by Brendan Rodgers that he could leave Liverpool in 2012 - with Liverpool accepting a bid from Fulham for his services.

But he stuck at it and is now a regular for both Liverpool and England and Henderson believes Markovic will be just fine at the club:

"Lazar's a fantastic player who's got great potential. In training we see the quality of the players that we've got in the group and I thought he was brilliant when he came on the other night...

"When I came to Liverpool I found it difficult for the first year-and-a-half but I've always said that I wouldn't rather have not had that time because it was crucial in my development and I'm better for it now.

"I'm a better player and a better person. That time will definitely help me and I've got to help others in the team to deal with it the way that we need to progress and become a better team.

"I know what it's like to go through that so I need to take more responsibility with the new signings who've come in and try to make them feel as good as possible and as confident as possible when they're going out on the pitch."

Liverpool fans will hope that Henderson is right and Markovic does not become yet another Liverpool flop.

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