Liverpool’s £20 million summer signing Lazar Markovic has been banned for the clubs next four European Matches. The Serbian winger was sent off against Basel in Liverpool’s final Champions League group match. With Liverpool dropping down to the Europa League, it means Markovic will be missing for both legs of the clubs last 32 tie against Besiktas, and the following round if they qualify.
It is usual to receive a three match ban for violent conduct, but Markovic has seen his suspension increased to four games after he was sent off for an angry confrontation on the touchline in last years Europa League semi final. This came while he was playing for former club Benfica, and caused him to miss the final defeat to Sevilla.
Markovic has became a key man for Liverpool since he was cast as the villain for his role in the result with Basel. He saw red for making contact with the face of Behrang Safari with his hand. Replays appeared to show minimal contact with the Serbians persuer, and the decision was very controversial. Liverpool are slowly returning their injury hit squad to full fitness though, and they have many options in wide positions that should soften this blow to Brendan Rodgers side.