John Aldridge heaps praise on Lazar Markovic after Sunderland win

The former Liverpool striker believes the 20-year-old's display against Sunderland was his best to date for the Anfield outfit.

Former Liverpool striker John Aldridge heaped praise on Lazar Markovic after the 20-year-old scored the winner for his side against Sunderland on Saturday afternoon.

A wind-swept Premier League clash saw the Reds dominate at the Stadium of Light - although a profligacy in front of goal prevented them from scoring more than once.

Markovic, though, did hit the back of the net - impressing many onlookers as he delivered a vibrant first-half performance against the Black Cats.

And Aldridge believes Liverpool fans are finally starting to see the 20-year-old's potential.

A number of young faces impressed at Sunderland during the day's early kick-off, as the Reds looked unperturbed throughout the course of the 90 minutes.

  Dribbles WonTouchesMinutes Played
Philippe Coutinho 6 78 90
Lazar Markovic 4 59 90
Mario Balotelli 3 20 23
Emre Can 2 69 90

As Opta stats show, Markovic was his side's second-best dribbler on the day, while the Serb also took 59 touches of the ball at the Stadium of Light.

But, while Philippe Coutinho won more dribbles and created more chances than the summer signing, he also fired off target while in space on numerous occasions.

It was Markovic who provided the clinical touch that ultimately gave Liverpool all three points against Sunderland and, for that, the 20-year-old deserves all the plaudits. Now to keep this kind of form up and banish the memories of his early Anfield struggles.

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