How Liverpool should use the under-performing Lazar Markovic next season

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Lazar Markovic showed his qualities for Serbia at the weekend and it's something Liverpool haven't seen enough of, but why?

Liverpool have certainly not seen the best of Lazar Markovic during his first season at Anfield. After signing for £20 million from Benfica, some would have expected fireworks from the 20-year-old and for him to hit the ground running, especially when he comes across as such a confident individual. 

Brendan Rodgers seems to have found it difficult to accommodate him. In the early part of the season, the Serbian was playing to the right of a front three and never looked particularly comfortable. 

Then there was a spell when he was using Markovic as a wing-back. Arguably he had his best spell in the side on both the left and right flanks as he found the net against Bournemouth and Sunderland - with a Man of the Match performance in the latter. 

And he played in the middle further forward in arguably his best performance of the season for the Reds behind the striker in the 3-2 win over Tottenham, where he got on the scoresheet - but hasn't been used there consistently.

There have been times when Markovic featured late on in the season and was dragged off at half-time by Rodgers. The Serbian seemingly not impressing the manager, but maybe he hasn't been helped by the role he's been asked to play.

Markovic, to me, has always looked an accomplished player with the ball at his feet. Technically he has looked very good, but unselfish.

If there is one big criticism of him, it's his reluctance to take the shot on when in scoring positions - we all remember the chance he spurned in the away defeat to Arsenal when the scoreline was 0-0.

He is a very quick player, but he seems comfortable coming back inside. One feels that he should be given the opportunity predominantly on the left flank in order to get the best out of him. 

Yes, it was a big fee, but he is 20 years old. Liverpool may have paid over the odds for him, and he may have made a few errors in his first season but it would seem such a waste not to at least experiment with him if he is kept at the club this summer. 

It also allows the full-back on that flank to get forward more and more often - giving the Reds another attacking outlet that is sometimes stunted far too much. 

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