Is Lazar Markovic being saved for the future - or the exit door?

The 21-year-old is yet to feature for Liverpool this season. Will his time come soon?

All appears well at Liverpool this summer.

It's early days, of course, but the Anfield outfit look a different one from the struggling side that finished last season with a battering at the Britannia. Already, Brendan Rodgers' men have improved upon 4-1 and 6-1 defeats at Arsenal and Stoke respectively, earning seven points from their first three Premier League games and keeping three consecutive clean sheets.

But, even if the form continues and Liverpool end up enjoying a strong campaign all through the year, there remain a couple of anomalies on Merseyside.

Most of them are the result of last summer's woeful spending spree - one that already looks to have been bettered by the early form of the 2015/16 incumbents. And the biggest example is Lazar Markovic.

Last term, the Serb split opinion. Some were hugely disappointed by the performances of a player that set the Reds back a fulsome £20 million, fee as reported by BBC Sport, and boss Rodgers appeared to be chief among them by the end of the season. Others felt the 21-year-old wasn't given a fair chance (especially in the right position)...

This time around, however, Markovic's role at the club is a complete mystery. There has been no praise or criticism. And that's because there have been no minutes. The Serb is yet to feature for Liverpool this term.

But what does that mean for the youngster? With the huge creative talent now on offer at Anfield, does he have a realistic chance of breaking back into the first team?

If he does, is he simply unfit and being saved for later on in the campaign? The other possibility, of course, is that Markovic is now being treated as 'one for the future' after looking significantly under-strength last term. Then again, if Liverpool want to keep the Serb for the long term, wouldn't a loan move away be the best move for now?

The fact Markovic is still at Anfield and not out on loan, along with the likes of out-of-favour Fabio Borini, Jose Enrique and more, could well mean Rodgers and co don't see him that way - but rather as one for the exit door.

Soon enough, we'll find out exactly which it is.

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