Lazar Markovic awaits UEFA ban decision
Markovic (pictured, right) receives a red card against Basel

Liverpool winger Lazar Markovic is set to discover the length of his ban, following a controversial sending off in the Reds' deciding UEFA Champions League group fixture against Swiss outfit FC Basel.

Markovic, a second-half substitute in the game, had only been on the pitch for 15 minutes when his outstretched arm caught the face of Behrang Safari. After a theatrical reaction from the Swedish player, Markovic was unfortunately sent off and Liverpool were knocked out despite a late Steven Gerrard free-kick.

UEFA rules dictate that appeals on sendings off can only be made upon a case of mistaken identity, which isn't the case here. Due to this, Liverpool were powerless to preventing Markovic getting a ban.

Markovic is certain to serve at least a one-match suspension, which would be Liverpool's game against Besiktas in the Europa League - however a UEFA commitee will decide whether the Serbian fowrard is deserving of a longer ban on Thursday.

The Reds will be hoping the ban is kept to one match due to Markovic's impressive form and the innocent nature of the foul. However, if UEFA decide that the contact was intentional it could get extended to as much as three games.