Liverpool summer signing Markovic linked with swift loan return to Benfica

Benfica are reportedly looking to re-sign Lazar Markovic from Liverpool.

It's been a tough season for Liverpool so far, and particularly for many of their summer signings as Brendan Rodgers' men struggle to get going.

Dejan Lovren has been a disaster in defender, Javi Manquillo has barely featured and Mario Balotelli has scored just twice since being signed as Luis Suarez's replacement in a £16m move from AC Milan.

Yet one of the most disappointing signings so far has been Lazar Markovic, who joined the Reds in a £20m deal after impressing in Portugal with Benfica.

The 20-year-old Serbian international was highly touted in his homeland after starring with Partizan Belgrade, and continued his development with Benfica, scoring seven goals in his only season with the Portuguese giants.

So far though, the move to Anfield seems to have come too soon for Markovic, making little impact and even getting himself sent off in Liverpool's crucial Champions League clash with Basel.

Clearly earmarked as one for the future, Markovic proved he does still have something to give after scoring against Bournemouth in midweek, but reports in Portugal suggest that Benfica are hoping to tempt Liverpool into sending Markovic back to the Estadio da Luz on loan in January.

Jorge Jesus's men have been dealt a blow with the injury to Eduardo Salvio, meaning a new winger is needed in the transfer window - and a loan move for Markovic appeals to them.

Liverpool may not be willing to let him go unless they bring Divock Origi back from his loan at Lille, but sending him back to the club where he played well on a regular basis may not be the worst thing for Liverpool in terms of Markovic's development.

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