Lazar Markovic has defended his actions that left Liverpool fans seething after the shocking loss to Red Star Belgrade on Wednesday by releasing a tweet yesterday evening.
With fans already angry at the manner of Liverpool’s defeat, this anger was accentuated by Markovic’s bizarre decision to like a tweet from user David Vujanic that was a collection of Serbian flags — obviously referring to his joy at the triumph of the underdogs against Liverpool.
While some saw it as Markovic purely expressing his pride in what was a monumental moment for his country, others saw it as blatant disrespect and effectively celebrating the loss of a club he is currently employed by — a stupid action in hindsight.
Fans were quick to slam the 24-year-old and there were calls for him to be released among other things, with others citing the odd fact that Markovic was happy about a victory for Red Star, who have a formidable rivalry with his former side Partizan Belgrade.
However, Markovic took to Twitter to justify his decision and merely explained it as showing support for his country:
Dear people , I made "like" to the picture with serbian flags. Im an ex Partizan Belgrade player and big supporter. As such obviously I couldn’t jump around celebrating Red Star Belgrade winning the match. Specially not against @LFC . Thank you all!
— Lazar Marković (@LMarkec50) November 7, 2018
While not all Liverpool fans were forgiving, others saw it as just a bad judgement call by Markovic and admitted the whole situation was considerably overblown.
Having not featured for Liverpool in a competitive game since 2015 and not once during Jurgen Klopp’s tenure, Markovic clearly has no future at Anfield and with his contract set to expire in the summer, his nightmare on Merseyside could finally be coming to an end, with a move to Italy mooted recently.
Although he’ll without question go down as one of Liverpool’s worst buys in recent times, at still only 24, there’s hope that he could turn his career around but I wouldn’t hold your breath.