Jamie Redknapp believes Lazar Markovic can become a fantastic player for the club.
Former Liverpool captain Jamie Redknapp believes Lazar Markovic is beginning to show his true potential.
The Serbian scored the club's winner in the weekend's 1-0 win over Sunderland, a sign of his increasing confidence.
Redknapp told The Mail that Markovic could prove to go on to be viewed as a bargain: "It’s easy to forget he’s just 20 years old — the red card in the Champions League showed his immaturity — but now we are seeing the potential he has to become a top quality player.
"I love seeing players run with the ball with their head up and he does that brilliantly — like a young Steve McManaman. He cost £20million but he could prove to be a cheap signing in the long term."
When Markovic was signed, he was widely tipped as an x-factor for the club's attack, a complement for winger Raheem Sterling.
It took until December for him to begin to really show his value, but only after the Champions League red card which had fans cursing him, as much as a trigger happy referee.
A week later he dazzled in a Capital One Cup win over Championship high fliers Bournemouth, which did not prove his class, but what it did do was restore his confidence.
Since that point the Serbian international has slowly been getting better, a point illustrated by his display and well taken goal against Sunderland.
A comparison to a dynamic player like McManaman is welcome, especially from the England international's former teammate Redknapp. Fans will just hope this does not mean Markovic one day goes on to leave them on a free transfer for Real Madrid.