Liverpool have omitted Lazar Markovic from their squad for their pre-season trip to Germany as the Serbian is in talks over a move to Fiorentina.
It was pretty indicative of Markovic’s fate on Merseyside that Klopp didn’t keep the winger on at Liverpool last summer despite a complete lack of speed at his disposal.
Even when Sadio Mané was at the Africa Cup of Nations in January and February or when the Senegal forward was injured in April, Klopp chose not to recall Markovic and instead tinkered with the limited options at his disposal.
Tells you everything you need to know, really.
Melissa Reddy reports that Markovic has flown to Italy to discuss a potential transfer with Fiorentina as he “he carefully plots his next career move.”
The Serbian wideman has had a trying time in the Premier League with unsuccessful spells with both Liverpool and on loan at Hull City last season and it’s clear that time is up with the Reds.
The Anfield outfit expects to earn as much as £16 million from Markovic’s departure despite his troubles in recent seasons.
Liverpool will make only a small loss on the £19.8 million they spent on him in 2014 but his departure from the club will be a positive as it means the Reds will no longer need to pay the wages of a player that doesn’t contribute to the side.
On the other hand, Liverpool signed Mohamed Salah this summer for £36.9 million and the Egyptian is already off to a flying start with two goals in three games in pre-season.
Although, his goals have not been what have impressed fans so much, but rather his in-game intelligence.
If signing Salah and selling Markovic is not a good piece of business, then I don’t know what is.