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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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(Video) Watch Alisson and Roberto Firmino provide hilarious responses in latest “Bezzies”

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Liverpool have come up with another Bezzies video, this time focussing on Brazilian pair Alisson and Roberto Firmino.

We had seen a similar video of Joe Gomez and Virgil van Dijk a few weeks ago, and this one was just as brilliant between the Brazilians.

It started with Alisson answering about what Firmino would take along with him to an island, and the answer wasn’t really that surprising.

The forward answered his wife, which our keeper also guessed correctly. For Alisson’s options, the correct answer was barbecue, which Firmino got right too.

The pair were also asked what is their best body feature and which club they made their debuts for.

There were some great questions in between and Firmino confirmed that his favourite Brazilian player was Ronaldinho and not Ronaldo, while for Alisson it was goalkeeper Taffarel.

Our goalkeeper even predicted that Firmino would be a better keeper than his attacking partners Mohamed Salah and Sadio Mane.

The pair seem to be in great form and in spirits ahead of our crucial tie against Manchester United on Sunday.

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Hopefully, we pull off a win and stay atop the Premier League table as the games keep coming thick and fast.

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Liverpool interested in signing £70m-rated Bundesliga powerhouse

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Liverpool face tough competition for the signing of Kai Havertz of Bayer Leverkusen, according to Sport Bild (h/t Mirror).

The 19-year-old has been on fire for the Bundesliga giants this season and has seven goals and five assists in all competitions.

The German also has a couple of international caps to his name and plays mostly as an attacking midfielder.

The report claims that Manchester City, Manchester United, Bayern Munich, Real Madrid, Paris Saint-Germain and Barcelona are all “actively” tracking the rising star.

Jurgen Klopp of Liverpool

Havertz is rated at £70m (h/t Mirror), and he is the next big thing coming out from the Bundesliga. The 19-year-old was phenomenal last season with three goals and eight assists in the Bundesliga and seems set to break that his record in this campaign.

Liverpool have dipped into the German market several times under Jurgen Klopp, and if anyone would have the inside scoop on the 19-year-old, it has to be our manager due to his spell in the Bundesliga.

The Reds could do with an attacking midfielder in the team as we don’t have someone who can do this role. Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain would be the ideal player for the position but it is unlikely we will see him play any minutes this season due to his injury.

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We lead the Premier League and made it into the knockout rounds of the Champions League, and with the right signings, there could be some silverware at Anfield this season.

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“It is going to be difficult” – Liverpool star believes Manchester United will be tough opposition

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Liverpool play Manchester United in the biggest fixture of the weekend, and the Reds have a sizeable lead over their rivals in the Premier League.

We are 16 points ahead of the Red Devils after just 16 games, and another win will keep us at the top of the table ahead of Manchester City.

Jurgen Klopp has never defeated the Red Devils during his Premier League career, and Georginio Wijnaldum spoke about the tie.

Georginio Wijnaldum

The Dutch midfielder believed we would put up a quality performance, claiming United are a good team while having a bit of a dig claiming they go out not to lose games (h/t Mirror):

“It’s a nice game. We’ll try to put in the same performance that we did against Napoli.

“Things can happen, everyone can have a bad season, it does not mean they [United] are not a good team with good players. Last season, with the same players, they finished second.

“They have good players, a good manager, and they know how to manage games and win games – or not to lose games! It is going to be difficult.”

Jose Mourinho always seems to have a plan when playing against Liverpool, whether it was his Chelsea days or his United days.

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We long for a win over the Red Devils, and with our team in great spirits, a win at Anfield could be on the books.

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