Brendan Rodgers comments on Lazar Markovic's recent development

Markovic opened his goalscoring account for the Reds on Wednesday night against Bournemouth.

Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers has said the side are seeing more of the real Lazar Markovic after the Serbian opened his goalscoring account in the 3-1 win over Bournemouth on Wednesday, and has been pleased with his improvement.

Markovic hasn't really settled despite showing the odd flashes of quality, but the 20-year-old hadn't really proved why the club spent £20 million on him until Wednesday evening.

From his appearances prior to the Bournemouth game he has struggled to make an impact, and his miserable start to life at Anfield was compounded when he was sent off 15 minutes after coming off the substitutes bench against Basel in a crucial Champions League game.

Rodgers told the Liverpool website: "In the 15 minutes before he got sent off against Basel, it was disappointing that he was sent off, because he started really well. That's the Markovic that we know.

"Playing in that role [against Bournemouth] he was outstanding; he was defensively good and pressed the ball at almost all of the right times, so tactically he was very good.

"And with the ball his speed and movement was excellent. He has got good quality and is a good footballer. It is pleasing. At 20 years of age, he looks like he is improving all the time."

Following his recent displays, there has been calls for the 20-year-old to get more of a run in the side as Liverpool try and get a good run of form together.

Markovic certainly appears to be a technically gifted player that gives a lot of thought to what he does on the ball, though there is the element of naivety one would expect from a player of his age.

He demonstrated he can play in a different role to one that he is more accustomed to at wing-back, but whether he will play there against better quality opposition remains to be seen. However, the latest signs from Markovic are encouraging.

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