Liverpool winger Lazar Markovic says he is open to the possibility of remaining at Fenerbache beyond the end of the 2015-16 season. Markovic, 21, joined the Merseyside giants for a reported fee of £20m ($30.1m) from Benfica in the summer of 2014. But like many of the players to arrive at the club during that window, he struggled to leave a lasting impression, scoring just three goals in 34 appearances.
Brendan Rodgers allowed the Serbia international to leave the club on loan last summer to join Fenerbahce. While he has yet to begin to match the output he provided at Benfica, Markovic appears content at the Turkish club and would not rule out the possibility of extending his stay.
After scoring against Celtic in his side's final Europa League group game on 11 December, he told AMK Spor: "If I can stay at Fenerbahce, why not?" AMK also add Markovic said he would consider it, but will decide in the summer.
Markovic's season could have been different had Jurgen Klopp been overseeing matters in the summer. The German coach, who replaced Rodgers as Liverpool boss in October, has indicated he would have kept players like the Serbian winger at the club, rather than sending them out to other sides.
The former Borussia Dortmund gaffer believes the club's young talents are far better suited to training and developing under the watchful eye of their own coaches, suggesting he will make changes to the way in which the club handle their young players.
"Of course I am looking at the loan players," he said in October. "I try to learn all about English football because it is completely different to other countries. Liverpool a few years ago had 20 to 25 players out on loan.
"It is not normal to have players on loan in Germany, but in England it is.
"When I have time I watch these players. I went to Wolverhampton to watch [Sheyi] Ojo but he didn't play! I'm not sure in this moment it's always best to give young players to other clubs. I think it's a kind of pressure you don't need at that age.
"You play together with experienced players every day and have to show you are better than them. Everyone at home is expecting you to take the next step.
"Maybe we need to cool down the situation a little bit, hold on to these guys longer and let them play in our second team and develop as a team. We will see what we will do in the future."