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Lazar Markovic blames Brendan Rodgers for his failure at Liverpool

Published 21/10/2015 | 18:00

Lazar Markovic
Lazar Markovic

Lazar Markovic has become the latest former Liverpool player to criticise the management of Brendan Rodgers.

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Rodgers was sacked by Anfield owners Fenway Sports Group just under two weeks ago after an indifferent start to the new season, and replaced by Jurgen Klopp.

Rodgers was attacked by the agent of former Liverpool winger Raheem Sterling earlier this week, who blamed him for the player's depature from the club and said that "50 per cent of the dressing room" did not rate him as a manager.

Now the backlash has continued with Markovic, who endured a wretched season at Anfield following his £20million move from Benfica in the summer of 2014.

Markovic started just 11 Premier League games in that campaign and scored only two goals in all competitions before being loaned out to Fenerbahce in pre-season.

But the Serbian insists the fault for his miserable spell at Anfield lay with Rodgers for playing him out of position.

He told Portuguese newspaper A Bola: “I didn’t have a good relationship with the coach. That was a problem.

“I played in many positions but didn’t play in mine. But I do not look at the past - and Liverpool have a new coach.”

Markovic is unlikely to face any repercussions for his comments at Liverpool, at least.

There is no recall clause in his loan deal with Fenerbahce, so he will remain there for the remainder of the season.

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