Brendan Rodgers says Lazar Markovic is starting to show the sort of form that convinced Liverpool to pay £20million for his services in the summer.
The 20-year-old fired his first goal for the club during Wednesday’s win over Bournemouth, as well as playing a part in the opening goal for Raheem Sterling with a superb cross.
Markovic is now in contention to start for the Reds against Arsenal on Sunday, with Rodgers admitting he is starting to look more like the player Liverpool forked out big money for.
“He was brilliant,” Rodgers reflected on his performance at the Goldsands Stadium. “It has taken him a bit of time to get going and we have talked to him about being more aggressive in his game.
“In the 15 minutes before he got sent off against Basel, it was disappointing that he was sent off, because he started really well. That’s the Markovic that we know.
“Playing in that role [against Bournemouth] he was outstanding; he was defensively good and pressed the ball at almost all of the right times, so tactically he was very good.
“And with the ball his speed and movement was excellent. He has got good quality and is a good footballer. It is pleasing. At 20 years of age, he looks like he is improving all the time.”