Why Lazar Markovic's loan move makes sense, but don't be surprised if he doesn't play for Liverpool again

Markovic is in line for a loan move after just the one season at Liverpool since signing for £20 million from Benfica.

Liverpool winger Lazar Markovic looks as if he will complete a season-long loan move to Fenerbahce, according to reports in the Liverpool Echo and other outlets.

They do report that Markovic will be back at Anfield, and the Turkish club will not be given the option to make their loan deal a permanent one. 

Inevitably, after signing a player for £20 million from Benfica a year earlier- as reported by the BBC - questions are going to be raised about this particular move.

Competition for places has increased on Merseyside over the summer. The emergence of Jordon Ibe has meant that Markovic has slipped a little further down the pecking order, while Adam Lallana and new signing Roberto Firmino will also be ahead of him - while there is the option of playing Philippe Coutinho out wide, even Daniel Sturridge in a flexible looking front line where forwards drift into a wider role at times. 

There are those, myself included, who feel there is a player in Markovic that could become very good. His touch is good, as his is pace and he can finish - but confidence seemed to be a huge barrier to him progressing last season. 

That, and the amount of positions he was used in as the Reds struggled to find him a suitable role in the side. He was deployed as a winger, a wing-back and just off the front man - and there were times where he showed some promise in whatever role he was asked to fill.

But Markovic needs games and confidence. If he gets both of those and performs well in Turkey, then it will certainly be a good move for the player - but some are questioning why he hasn't been loaned to a club in the Premier League, or at least a league with a similar style to the English game. 

A move to Turkey doesn't seem to be the ideal preparation for him, so is this a case of Liverpool starting the process of moving the Serbian on? I hope not, and manager Brendan Rodgers has said that the player still has future at the club, but if players continue to impress this season then he could find it hard to get into the side upon his return. 

The move makes sense for the player, but it is viewed with scepticism as to whether Markovic will return ready to play a part at the club next summer and state a serious case for a place in the side. 

Stranger things have happened, and one hopes that Liverpool don't let a talented player slip through their fingers.

Maybe reports of interest from Watford, who are looking to gatecrash the Turkish deal - according to talkSPORT - could offer Markovic and Liverpool the opportunity they are looking for and end up benefitting all concerned in the long run.

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