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Lazar Markovic has endured a bad start to his loan spell at Anderlecht after being put on a special fitness programme.

The Serbian was signed for Liverpool by Brendan Rodgers back in 2014. The winger made 34 appearances in all competitions for the Reds in his debut season but failed to impress in his loan spell with Turkish giants Fenerbahce in the season after that.

Markovic injured his hamstring, which saw his loan spell at Fenerbahce end prematurely with him ending up at Liverpool. In the summer of 2016, the forward agreed to join Sporting Lisbon on a season-long loan. But six months into his loan, he was recalled by Jurgen Klopp and sent to Hull City instead.

Markovic spent the rest of the season with the Tigers but failed to help the club avoid the drop from the Premier League. Following Hull’s relegation from top-flight, the 23-year-old returned to Liverpool but Klopp kept him with the squad for this season.

However, Markovic failed to get any opportunities for the Reds and last month, Klopp allowed the player to leave the club on loan to Anderlecht until the end of the season.

Now, Anderlecht Online reports that the Serbian has already encountered problems in Belgium – just a week after arriving. It is suggested that Markovic produced ‘abysmal’ results in physical tests upon his arrival and will now go on a special fitness programme involving extra sessions.

The report adds that the Belgian club had signed the 23-year-old without a medical last month. If that’s the case, Anderlecht have only themselves to blame too as they have signed an unfit player, who could be out for around for six weeks.

This suggests that Markovic, even if he returns after six weeks, will have just two months to impress in his loan spell with the Belgian giants.

“I think we will be without him for four or five weeks,” Anderlecht manager Hein Vanhaezebrouck was quoted in a report by the Daily Mirror.

“He has a very big gap and is conditional not yet ready to play. So there is a lot of work to be done, but we hope that he can make rapid progress. He can play in different positions, but he has to get up to speed quickly.”

It is very clear that Markovic doesn’t have a future under Klopp but the real shame is that the player has not managed to be fit by not playing competitive football. He should have worked on it.

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Liverpool youngster picks up ankle ligament damage during loan spell

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Marko Grujic

Marko Grujic

Liverpool youngster Marko Grujic has picked up ankle ligament damage during Hertha Berlin’s 4-2 win over Borussia Monchengladbach, as per Sky Sports.

The Serbian midfielder joined the Bundesliga side on a loan deal and has played four games for them. Hertha are currently second in the competition behind Bayern Munich with 10 points from four games.

Hertha’s general manager Michael Preetz was quoted by Sky Sports saying.

“Marko has managed to make a significant difference to our game in the short time he has been with us, which is why the loss for him personally and for us is very, very bitter.

“Now we will look after him and help him, so that he can play that role as soon as possible.”

The report adds that the midfielder had signed a new deal with the Reds before joining the Bundesliga side on loan and was part of the Serbian World Cup squad in Russia.

Grujic had a huge role to play in Cardiff’s promotion to the Premier League last season and did well in his three starts for Hertha this term.

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It will come as a bit of a blow for the youngster to miss out on game time but hopefully, he will not be out for long and return to full fitness quickly.

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(Video) Mohamed Salah hands Liverpool jersey to tearful young fan after win over Saints

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Mohamed Salah got on the scoresheet against Southampton over the weekend but also there was another moment that is being spoken about on social media.

The Egyptian broke his mini-drought as he scored from Xherdan Shaqiri’s free-kick and he also had a few chances to make it two in the game.

The former AS Roma forward hasn’t been at his free-scoring best from last season but is slowly regaining his mojo in front of the goal.

Wayne Dunlop posted a video of his son on Twitter. The child was holding up a sign after the match at Anfield and Salah gave the youngster his shirt from the game.

It is an emotional video of the Twitter user’s son, Lewis, tearing up as the Egyptian hands him the shirt he wore during the game.

Salah even responded to the video uploaded and Wayne was very happy that his son received such a fantastic piece of memorabilia from Anfield.

The Egyptian is one of the best footballers in the world but it is moments like these that ensure the fans love players more.

Salah could have ignored the young fan and walked down the tunnel but he took time out to make the fan happy.

The Reds lead the Premier League standings at the moment, having won all six of their clashes in the Premier League so far.

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The 25-year-old is yet to hit top gear but it only seems like a matter of time before the goals start raining for the Liverpool forward.

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Jurgen Klopp dispels injury concern after surprise substitution against Southampton

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Xherdan Shaqiri started for Liverpool in the clash against Southampton and was instrumental in our a 3-0 lead at half-time.

His shot was turned into the net by Wesley Hoedt for our first goal and his free-kick was slotted into an open net by Mohamed Salah for our third.

It was a little surprising that Jurgen Klopp decided to take the Swiss star off at half-time and replace him with James Milner.

Shaqiri was our most impressive attacker on Saturday as he played an advanced role behind our front three.

However, Milner came onto the pitch and we played with three central midfielders, something Klopp has used to great effect throughout his time at Liverpool.

The German spoke to the club’s official website as he explained he wanted more control in the game and that’s why he took Shaqiri off.

“I said to Shaq at half-time that I had never brought a player off after such an influential time without an injury. He is not injured. But I wanted to control the game and go back to our normal formation. And that helped, we really controlled it.”

The manager further added that it was not easy to make the change, given how influential Shaqiri was in the first half.

Klopp did explain the change to Shaq but playing the Swiss star had an impact on our defence and that was a problem for the manager.

“The only problem was defensively. Offensively, it was a good idea but, how I said, we have to work on that more often. But he was good and I liked it.”

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The 26-year-old had a fantastic game and it will be great to see him play more games if he can have the same sort of impact in the coming months.

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