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Lazar Markovic hits out at Brendan Rodgers

The Serbia international winger has criticised the 42-year-old coach’s tactical selections

Markovic is currently on loan at Fenerbahce.
Markovic is currently on loan at Fenerbahce.

FENERBAHCE’S ON-LOAN Liverpool winger Lazar Markovic has hit out at former boss Brendan Rodgers’ tactical tinkering for his struggles at Anfield.

Markovic left the Reds after a single season in which he failed to make an impact, joining Istanbul giants Fenerbahce on loan where he linked up with former Manchester United players Robin van Persie and Nani.

And ahead of the club’s Europa League match with Ajax, Markovic accused ex-Liverpool manager Rodgers of failing to cultivate an understanding with him.

“I didn’t have a good relationship with the coach,” Markovic said to Portuguese newspaper A Bola.

The Serbia international, signed by Rodgers from Benfica for €20 million after making a name for himself as a right winger, spoke of his frustration at being fielded in different areas of the pitch – including right wing-back — under the Northern Irishman.

“That was a problem. I played in many positions but didn’t play in mine,” he added.

But Markovic has not called time on his Liverpool career yet, indicating he is looking forward to returning to Anfield under new manager Jurgen Klopp, who replaced Rodgers earlier in October.

“I do not look at the past… And Liverpool have a new coach.”

The 21-year-old has featured in four of Fenerbahce’s opening Turkish Super Lig games and helped Vitor Pereira’s men to third in the table.

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