As confirmed by the club’s official website, Liverpool winger Lazar Markovic has joined Turkish giants Fenerbache on a season-long loan deal.
The 21-year-old joined the Reds only 12 months ago, arriving from Portuguese champions Benfica following a trophy-laded season at the Estadio da Luz.
Markovic’s arrival was met with excitement on Merseyside, considering how highly-rated he was at Benfica and his undeniable potential to be an extremely good player.
However, he struggled to adapt to the rigors of Premier League football and he endured a tough time, topped off by his dismissal during the club’s key Champions League clash at home to Basel.
Markovic ended the campaign making a total of just 11 Premier League starts, and the club’s ensuing transfer activity in the summer led to plenty of speculation over his future.
The Serbia international still has plenty of time on his side, and in order to aid his development with first-team football, a loan switch has be deemed the best course of action.
As confirmed by the club’s official website, Markovic will spend the entire 2015/16 campaign with Fenerbache where he will also be available to feature in the Europa League.
It’s a good opportunity for the player to star in a competitive league while also regaining his confidence as Fenerbache are widely tipped to challenge Galatasary for the Super Lig title.
Upon hearing the confirmation, a number of Liverpool supporters took to Twitter to have their say:
Silly decision to loan out Markovic to Fenerbahce, should been to a prem club like West Brom or Villa won't learn nothing there #LFC— Owen Fanning (@OwenFanningLFC) August 30, 2015
Markovic to Fenerbache on loan is a weird one! #LFC Will he come back any better of a player???— Murph (@MurphSpud) August 30, 2015
Really don't understand why we're loaning out Markovic. We had no width yesterday at all, not much pace either. That's what he brings. #LFC— Shannan Marvin (@S_Marvin8) August 30, 2015
Still hella mad #LFC loaned out markovic, he's got so much talent— Paul Featsent (@Paul_Featsent17) August 30, 2015
So Rodgers plays Markovic out of position and loans him out cos he's not good. #LFC is a joke.— Emeka (@Iam_wills_) August 30, 2015
Sign Markovic for £20m don't play him for a season then loan him out & put faith in a 20 year old kid who's never scored for #LFC Nice BR— Reefy' (@SJNassoro) August 30, 2015
Can't help but wonder about the idiocy of the people in charge of #LFC . £20m of asset in Markovic. Play him or sell him. Loan is useless.— Jonny Kermode (@jonnykermode) August 30, 2015
Not sure I'm keen on the Markovic loan... Think he deserves a chance with the way Ibe has started #LFC— Josh Parry (@JParry09) August 30, 2015
With Sterling & Markovic going, have we enough wide cover ? I guess Sturridge will play wide, but we may need another. Look short now #LFC— Dave (@daveywww) August 30, 2015
Pure shambling arrogance of #lfc to send a £20 million 21 year old on loan when best player is banned for 3 games & Markovic is best option— Jam Sandwiches (@robbyrichmond) August 30, 2015