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Liverpool to consider offers for Markovic amid Sporting interest

Lazar Markovic is expected to be a victim of Liverpool’s reduced fixture schedule with the club ready to entertain offers for him this summer, Goal understands.

There have been enquiries from clubs in Spain and Italy for the 22-year-old, but Portuguese outfit Sporting are currently the most interested suitors.

Their manager Jorge Jesus, who worked with Markovic at Benfica, believes he can once again get the best out of the Serbia international and is the driving force behind the suggestion of taking him to Lisbon. 

No formal talks have occurred yet, but Liverpool are attempting to source the best possible move for the attacker, and would not discount the option of another loan agreement if there is a sizeable fee attached. 

Markovic, who spent last season at Fenerbahce on temporary terms, showed glimpses of his talent in Turkey but was troubled by a hamstring injury. 

However, he has looked sharp at Melwood and if Liverpool had European commitments in 2016-17, the winger would have been part of Klopp’s plans.  

One of the first things the German wanted to do in January was recall Markovic from his loan spell, but that was not possible under the terms of the deal.

Now Klopp is in a position where the squad is “100 per cent” too bloated for the requirements of his first full season at the helm. 

The Reds boss has admitted the need to substantially trim numbers, and given his options in attack, Markovic is set for another move away from Anfield.

Three players have already been cut from the squad this week with Martin Skrtel, Jordon Ibe and Sergi Canos securing permanent deals.

Danny Ward signed a new five-year contract with the club, but will spend the season on loan at Huddersfield.

More outgoings are in the offing as Liverpool want a manageable group to tackle the new campaign.