LIVERPOOL have failed in their quest to shift outcast Lazar Markovic from the club’s wage bill.
The Serbian winger was on the verge of completing a £2.9m deal to join the Belgian side last night.
But according to the Liverpool Echo, the transfer fell through as Markovic was unable to agree personal terms.
Markovic won a domestic treble with Benfica in 2013 before sealing a £20m move to Anfield.
The 24-year-old has since spent loan spells at Fenerbahce, Sporting Lisbon, Hull and Anderlecht
He has never impressed enough to be considered worthy of a place back in the Liverpool squad, however.
Markovic had turned down a move to Greek side PAOK to pave the way for his Anderlecht return yesterday.
But wages proved to be the major stumbling block and the player will return to the Reds.
Liverpool had inserted a 50 per cent sell-on clause into the deal.
Markovic now looks set to leave as a free agent next summer.
Reads boss Jurgen Klopp believes Liverpool will reap the benefits of giving captain Jordan Henderson an extended rest following the World Cup.
The former Sunderland man has been introduced from the substitutes bench against West Ham, Crystal Palace and Brighton.
“Of course it is difficult for him as captain, but Hendo is such an important player to us and he knows that. We had talks about that,” Klopp said.
“Especially with his style of play and how he puts everything on the pitch, you need to be in a really good shape physically.
“And he had these moments during the weeks, not this week, but the weeks before when you saw it is quite intense.
“Hendo was the last one to come back, okay Dejan (Lovren) was but he’s not been fit. Now Hendo has had four weeks. It will be six weeks by the time we play Tottenham.
“He’s not in doubt and I am not in doubt about his role so he has dealt with it (not starting) well.”