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Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp has opened the door for Lazar Markovic to return to the club next season following his season-long loan spell with Fenerbahce. The former Benfica winger failed to settle at Anfield following his move £20m ($28.4m) in 2014. He struggled in his debut season under Brendan Rodgers and was loaned out at the start of 2015/16 campaign to the Turkish club.
The 22-year-old winger, who has made 20 appearances this campaign, is currently back at Melwood after suffering a muscle injury, but will have to return to the Turkish title chasers and complete his loan spell. Markovic has been linked with a permanent move to Fenerbahce in the summer, but the former Borussia Dortmund manager has offered him a chance to play his way back into the manager's plans by taking part in pre-season.
Klopp has already made the wide attacking positions a priority for next summer transfer window, and is open to giving the Serbia international to stake a claim for a place in the first-team.
"Lazar has a muscle problem so he is back for us at the moment. You will have to ask the doctor for the exact diagnosis but he's not available. He's not our player for this season so he will have to go back," Klopp said, as quoted by the Liverpool Echo.
"We had a little talk about things. I said at the start of pre-season you will be very welcome and then it's up to you. That is how it is in football. It's a long pre-season and if he wants to come back to Liverpool in July he's welcome. Pre-season is a long time to show what you have and then after this we'll make decisions."
"We are short on wingers. Everybody who is involved in pre-season can have a part to play next season. We need a big squad because of the European Championships," the German manager added.