Football: Sturridge back in training with first team, Markovic may join Fenerbahce on loan

Markovic (left) will become the fourth player to leave Anfield this summer should the deal go through,
Markovic (left) will become the fourth player to leave Anfield this summer should the deal go through,PHOTO: REUTERS

(REUTERS) - Liverpool striker Daniel Sturridge could be closing in on a return to action after training with the first team for the first time since undergoing hip surgery in May.

The 25-year-old scored five goals in just 18 appearances for the club in an injury-hit campaign last season.

Sturridge went under the knife in New York to fix an issue believed to be behind the various muscle problems he suffered last term.

He looked to be moving well when he was put through his paces at Melwood on Thursday.

Meanwhile, midfielder Lazar Markovic appears set to join Turkish side Fenerbahce on a season-long loan, according to British media reports, with the clubs said to have agreed terms for the 21-year-old.

The Serbia international joined Liverpool from Benfica last season but made just 11 league starts as he struggled to cope with the physical nature of the Premier League.

He has not featured in the squad for any of Liverpool's three matches this season.

Markovic will become the fourth player to leave Anfield this summer should the deal go through, following the departures of Rickie Lambert, Javier Manquillo and Mario Balotelli.

Markovic could still feature in manager Brendan Rodgers' long-term plans as the loan agreement does not contain a clause to make the move a permanent one.