Jürgen Klopp: Lazar Marković would be "welcome" back at Liverpool next season

Liverpool winger Lazar Marković, currently on a season-long loan at Fenerbahce, will be given the chance to rectify his difficult first season at the club next season,  Jürgen Klopp has said.

Jürgen Klopp: Lazar Marković would be "welcome" back at Liverpool next season
(Picture: Getty Images)

Lazar Marković will be given the opportunity to rescue his flailing Liverpool career in the summer, Jürgen Klopp has confirmed. 

The Serbian winger is currently out on a season-long loan at Fenerbahce, where he has registered two goals and three assists in 20 appearances in all competitions, but returned to Melwood to hold talks with the Reds over his future.

After meeting with Klopp on Friday, the 22-year-old - currently out injured - will see out the remainder of the campaign with the Turkish Süper Lig table-toppers but is expected to be given a chance in the first-team next season.

Marković had a troubling first 12 months on Merseyside after sealing a £20 million switch from Benfica under Brendan Rodgers and had been linked with a permanent switch to Turkey - but it seems Klopp has different plans.  

Marković's future up to him, declares Klopp

Marković has been a regular performer for Fenerbahce, although he has suffered from niggling injuries. (Picture: Getty Images)
Marković has been a regular performer for Fenerbahce, although he has suffered from niggling injuries. (Picture: Getty Images)

Speaking to the press, Klopp revealed that the No.50 is currently suffering from "a muscle problem" and is back in England "at the moment" for treatment.

"You will have to ask the doctor for the exact diagnosis, but he's not available," added the German, who said the forward "will have to go back" to Istanbul because he's "not our player for this season."

He continued that they have had "a little talk about things" and insisted that Marković will be "very welcome" at the start of pre-season for next term, admitting he told him: "Then it's up to you."

"That is how it is in football," continued Klopp, who said that it will be "a long pre-season" and the Serbian international is "welcome" to re-join his teammates at Anfield in July.

On the decision to try and keep him at the club, the Reds boss said that they are "short on wingers" and that "everybody who is involved in pre-season can have a part to play next season" because they will need a big squad due to the European Championships and the effect it will have on the fitnesses of the Reds' internationals.

Klopp added: "Pre-season is a long time to show what you have, and then after this we'll make decisions."