Anfield’s Forgotten Men
Anfield has been absolutely abuzz with the start of a new season. 3 wins in 3 games, while not allowing a single goal, has certainly gotten the spirits in Liverpool sky high. Some of the players that haven’t been on fans minds in recent memory might not be quite as jubilant.
The man in the picture at the top of this article might be the most rightfully angry of the players on this list. The Serb has seemed to be an afterthought of Jurgen Klopp and even his predecessor Brendan Rodgers, but he still remains on the Reds books after going on loan the past 3 years to various spots in Europe. When Markovic arrived at Anfield in the summer of 2014, many people thought he would do well, as he was very highly rated coming from Benfica. Markovic has been on the fringes for so long, I am honestly impressed and surprised that he hasn’t lashed out more publicly. I am of the camp that believes that Markovic has not necessarily gotten a fair shake at Liverpool. In the 2014/2015 season, Markovic played in only 28 games, scoring 3 times and assisting another goal. While his statistics weren’t terribly impressive, he showed flashes of true promise. His second summer he was sent on loan to Fenerbahce, where he only made 14 appearances. The next two seasons were spent with 3 different teams, including Sporting, Hull City, and finally Anderlecht. Through all this, the Serbian winger has been quiet, almost eerily quiet. It seems there isn’t a way back for Markovic in Liverpool, but what is next? I hope he can finally move on before the window closes later this week, as I believe he deserves a fair shake with a team that will give him regular game time. The rumors of late have linked him with another loan to a championship side, while his contract ends at the end of this season.
The young Belgian has been a bit of a perplexing figure at Anfield. His first season with the Reds was one that started with anonymity, but reached some very positive points, including him scoring in both legs of the Europa League Quarter finals against Dortmund. It all came crashing when a horrific challenge from blueshite defender Funes Mori left him sidelined for much of the end of the season. After that ankle injury, he never seemed to quite regain that same spark he showed in his debut season. In the 2016/2017 season he featured for the Reds 43 times, netting 11 goals. He then spent the 2017/2018 season at German side Wolfsburg, where he appeared 34 times and scored 6 goals. The most confusing part about Origi’s game has always been how he seems to squander many chances and be almost unseen for much of a match, then he will find a way to find the net out of nothing. He certainly has that special something that a striker must have, but it seems that Klopp has made up his mind about the striker. The latest rumors linked him with Borussia Dortmund, but after talks apparently broke down, it seems he may be destined for another 5 months of waiting in the wings until the January transfer window.
One of the most odd signings of the Brendan Rodgers era, Bogdan only spent 1 full season with the reds. The only real lasting memory of his time at Anfield will always be allowing a goal straight from a corner. He has spent the last few seasons on loans and just sitting around at Melwood, I presume. Now he is on loan at Scottish side Hibernian, and he is still somehow on the books at Liverpool. His contract isn’t up at the end of this season, after which I would guess he will end up in the lower leagues of English Football, and I wish him nothing but the best.