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Lazar Markovic was a “genius” in Liverpool training, says Adam Bogdan

By Ollie Thomas

Published: 13:15, 8 September 2019 | Updated: 20:19, 29 September 2019

Former Liverpool goalkeeper Adam Bogdan has described Lazar Markovic as a “genius”.

Bogdan joined Markovic at Liverpool a year after the winger arrived and has hailed the Serbian as one of the best players he’s ever trained with.

Markovic’s unfulfilled potential: Five things to know…

  • Markovic joined the Reds from Partizan in 2014 for £2o million.
  • He was sent off for Liverpool before he managed a goal.
  • He spent just one season at Anfield and struggled for regular game time.
  • The midfielder left for Fulham on a permanent deal in January 2019.
  • The 25-year-old returned to Partizan earlier this month.

In an interview with the Liverpool Echo, Bogdan offered an intriguing insight into Makrovic’s talent when asked who the best player he trained with was.

He said: “There were a lot. [Daniel] Sturridge, his finishing is amazing. From one step, he could find any corner. [Philippe] Coutinho was amazing as well… I don’t know what words I should say as I’ll say amazing for other players as well.

“Lazar Markovic was a genius in five-a-side games. It’s really, really hard to pick one.

“You play against [James] Milner who will run for two hours, he will graft and score goals in training. [Jordan] Henderson is very similar.

“It’s impossible to pick one out. I’m glad and grateful to have been able to play with these players.”

Despite Markovic’s spell at Liverpool ultimately proving a failure, Bogdan’s quotes may have the Anfield faithful wondering what might have been.

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“I’m in love with the game of Firmino”

Bogdan was not the only player to join Liverpool in the summer of 2015. Roberto Firmino was signed by Brendan Rodgers 11 days after the goalkeeper arrived.

The Hungarian was full of praise for the Brazilian when quizzed on his former team-mate’s importance to Liverpool’s cause.

He said: “I’m in love with the game of Firmino. He’s such a key player for Liverpool. You could tell he was special.

“He got injured when I made my debut with his back so it took him a few weeks to come back.

“For him, Jurgen Klopp came in and knew him from Germany and that was a really key factor. He was aware of his abilities, what he could get out of him and it fitted perfectly with the system that Klopp wanted to play.”

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