Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp leaving Lazar Markovic future open
Jurgen Klopp has praised the attitude and work ethic of Lazar Markovic but admitted that the winger's Liverpool future is up in the air.
Markovic, 22, has endured a difficult spell on Merseyside since his £20 million move from Benfica in the summer of 2014 and spent last season on at Turkish side Fenerbahce, which was interrupted by a hamstring injury.
He has featured regularly for the Reds this preseason and the Serbia international has impressed Klopp so far.
"He has developed well," Klopp told reporters. "When we started to train, you could really see that he didn't trust his body 100 percent.
"He had a serious injury. We spoke about this. Everybody knows that Lazar is a very quick player, but he was not at 100 percent. He had some doubts about how it would be, so he needed the first one or two weeks. And since then he has become better and better and better.
"He's in good shape. I'm not sure where his 100 percent is, but he's in a good way and he's a nice lad, good boy, funny, works hard. That's the truth."
However, Klopp is offering no guarantees that Markovic will still be at the club come the end of the transfer window.
"At the end we have to see how we will build our squad," he said. "We have time between now and Aug. 31 where maybe something will happen. Maybe it will happen earlier, maybe it will happen on the 31st, or maybe it will never happen. That's how it is.
"At this moment we need all these players for the games and for our training sessions, and he is part of it. That's all for now."
Glenn is ESPN FC's Liverpool correspondent. You can follow him on Twitter: @GlennPrice94.