Three loan players have uncertain futures

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Markovic faces an “uphill battle” over Liverpool future

Liverpool trio Lazar Markovic, Jon Flangan and Danny Ward face uncertain futures at Anfield.


The three players are currently away from the club on loan with other English sides and will return for preseason training in the Summer.

Markovic is currently impressing for Hull City after joining the Premier League strugglers in January for the rest of the season after seeing his time at Sporting Lisbon cut short by the Portuguese club.

Flanagan has been with Burnley since the start of the season and has struggled for game time under Sean Dyche so far.

While Welsh international goalkeeper Ward was allowed to join Championship club Huddersfield Town for the campaign and has established himself as number one under David Wagner – a close friend of Jurgen Klopp.

Echo writer James Pearce has put question marks over the futures of the three Reds during a Q&A with supporters on Wednesday afternoon.

“He’s rated very highly. Klopp wanted him to go to Huddersfield and play regularly at a decent level and he’s done that.” he said in response to a question about Ward.

“Whether Klopp sees him as a potential number one next season, I’m not sure. Time will tell.” he added.

He went on to speak about Flanagan, who has been unsuccessful so far in holding down a regular spot at Turf Moor.

“Hopefully he can enjoy a strong end to the season and give Klopp plenty to ponder.” he said.

“But it’s clearly going to be tough because it’s not just Nathaniel Clyne he has to shift for that right-back spot.

“This season has also seen the emergence of teenager Trent Alexander-Arnold, who Klopp is a big fan of.” he continued.

While Serbian international Markovic appears to be a long way from making a long-term return to Anfield after being allowed to leave the club twice this season.

“He faces an uphill battle to force his way into Klopp’s plans.” Pearce said.

“The Serb failed to impress Klopp during pre-season last summer.


“I wouldn’t say the door is shut but he’s up against it. He’s got three months at Hull to change the manager’s opinion.” he finished.

The trio would be likely to bring in some money should they be sold, but none would command a huge fee.

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