Liverpool playmaker has 'lots of ability' but one key weakness, claims Lawrenson

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Mark Lawrenson believes Lazar Markovic has a lot of ability, but is unwilling to try and beat his man at the risk of losing possession.

Pundit Mark Lawrenson praised Lazar Markovic's ability on BBC Radio 5Live, but believes he needs to show more confidence when going past his man. 

The Serbian international, who was blasted as potentially the biggest disappointment in the game by the Independent, was brought off by Rodgers on 59 minutes due to his ineffective performance and unwilligness to try and give the Premier League side the edge over their Championship opposition, Blackburn Rovers. 

After he was taken off, Lawrenson praised the youngster's ability on the ball but claimed he needed to do better when running at his man. 

''Lazar Markovic has got lots of ability,'' praised Lawrenson. ''but he never really commits a defender and I think he is frightened to lose the ball sometimes. He is better than that in all honesty." 

According to WhoScored, the Serbian managed just the one successful dribble and one key pass in the match, which for a side that had so much dominance in possession seems rather poor.

Nevertheless, at 21, he is still learning the game and will continue to grow in confidence with the more matches he plays for the club. 

On the whole, Liverpool will be disappointed with their ability in the final third on the day as they could only put four out of their 21 shots on target. 

The game, which ended in a 0-0 draw, means Liverpool will have to play an unwanted replay match in the thick of their run-in for the top four in the Premier League.

Rodgers will certainly have to think about the squad he puts out against Blackburn in their next match as he now knows the Championship side are no pushover. 

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