By Connor Varnish – @cvarn4
In a shocking twist right at the end of the January transfer window, forgotten man Lazar Markovic has finally left Liverpool Football Club.
News broke late Thursday night that Markovic agreed a permanent transfer to a Fulham side currently fighting against relegation in 19th place of the Premier League. Both sides mutually agreed upon a free transfer as Liverpool are certainly happy to have him off their books, while the West London side look eager to find out if the Serbian is the key to their survival.
Liverpool fans at last can breathe a sigh of relief. For what seems like years now, we’d all been left puzzled as to why Lazar Markovic had still been employed by the Reds for such a long time.
Perhaps Markovic fancied a particular move that never materialized, maybe he was content on running down his £50,000 per week contract at Liverpool, or perhaps Lazar was just keen on playing for the u23’s – we’ll never know now, and really, who cares?
Liverpool’s signing of Lazar Markovic from Benfica for a hefty £19.8m in the summer of 2014 was met with an overwhelming approval from the vast majority of Liverpool supporters.
And although the makeshift title is thrown around carelessly these days, I remember him dubbed as the “Serbian Messi” and I admittedly was quite excited to see him debut for the Reds. I was about as wrong as I could have possibly been, and the “Serbian Messi” brand was quite possibly the worst shout in history.
In 34 appearances for Liverpool, Markovic has just three goals to his name – not an output that will keep you in a Red shirt very long – or at least in the Liverpool first team, considering Markovic’s whereabouts were nothing short of unknown in vast stretches of his Anfield career.
The Serbian bounced around Fenerbahce, Sporting Lisbon, Hull City, and Anderlecht before returning to Liverpool’s youth setup where he found himself up until this past Thursday night.
Lazar now joins a Fulham side desperate for survival and, at 24, he could quite possibly get his footballing career back on track with this opportunity with The Cottagers. I’d like to wish him the best of luck in his future career – and here’s hoping that Lazar assumes an “Agent Markovic” role when the Cottagers host title challengers Manchester City on the 30th of March.
Taking points off of City would be a completely unexpected, yet fitting final tip of the cap to his now former employers in aiding Liverpool’s efforts to bring the Premier League trophy home.