Liverpool loanee Lazar Markovic provides assist during first start for Fenerbahce

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The Liverpool winger has started as he will mean to go on in Turkey.

It is fair to say that Lazar Markovic’s first season at Liverpool did not go quite according to plan.

The young Serbian winger signed from Benfica after impressing in the Portuguese club’s title-winning campaign, scoring seven goals and providing five assists in his one and only season at the club.

Such was his talent that Liverpool quickly made their move, but just 12 months later – and after three goals and one assist for the Reds in 34 games – Markovic was sent out on loan to Fenerbahce.

The Turkish side completely revamped their attacking options during the summer, also bringing in Robin van Persie and Nani from Manchester United, and Markovic set up the latter in what was his first start for his temporary club at the weekend.

The Liverpool winger came on for the last 28 minutes against Kasimpasa earlier this month and a week later he started for the first time, in a 2-1 victory against Bursaspor.

Markovic certainly has the talent to succeed in the short term in Turkey and although Liverpool fans have not seen it often as yet, he does have what it takes to be a long-term success at Anfield, provided he is willing to work hard and fight for a starting spot.

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