Liverpool fans were fuming when it emerged why Lazar Markovic’s proposed move to Anderlecht fell through.
According to the Liverpool Echo’s James Pearce, Markovic couldn’t agree personal terms with the Belgian club.
Markovic had travelled to Belgium ahead of his expected £2.9 million move to Anderlecht.
But the deal fell through and he returned to Merseyside.
Yet the Serbian doesn’t figure to play any part under Jurgen Klopp this season.
He has been left out of Liverpool’s official squad for the 2018-19 season, which was announced on Monday.
You can understand why Liverpool fans are upset. Markovic seemingly prefers to collect his £35,000-per-week wages, when the opportunity to play was presented to him.
MARKOVIC’S TWEET TO ANDERLECHT
The Echo claim that Liverpool are now resigned to Markovic leaving for nothing either in January or at the end of the campaign.
The 24-year-old hasn’t done himself any favours. He even managed to upset Anderlecht, who blamed the winger for the failed transfer.
“Our president and sports director did everything to convince Markovic,” manager Hein Vanhaezebrouck said.
“It’s his own fault that the deal fell through.”
Markovic attempted to explain what went wrong with a tweet on Monday – but he might have complicated matters further.
He claims that money wasn’t the issue. But nobody believes him.
“Thank you for making such a great effort for trying to get me back in the club,” Markovic wrote.
“However, money was not the issue !!!!! Good luck in the future 💜@rscanderlecht.”
Thank you for making such a great effort for trying to get me back in the club. However, money was not the issue !!!!! Good luck in the future 💜 @rscanderlecht
— Lazar Marković (@LMarkec50) September 3, 2018
If money wasn’t the issue, then what was?
That was the question on the minds of Liverpool fans, who quickly set about doubting Markovic.
What else can be the issue. You haven't played at LFC for God knows how many years and still want to pick up cheque while doing nothing
— Aditya Bansal (@aditya0912) September 3, 2018
Then why did you choose to stay not being involved while earning a wage when you could’ve have a full season of first team football, with a less wage package. Enjoy your 4 month holiday.
— Samue (@VintageSalah) September 3, 2018
Money was of course the issue you fraud
— aidan mc cabe (@waggadadda) September 3, 2018
— Euphoric Mess (@EuphoricMess) September 3, 2018
Markovic’s time at Liverpool has been a complete disaster.
The Reds paid Benfica £20m for him in the summer of 2014 but he hasn’t featured for them since May 2015.
He’s spent time on loan at Fenerbahce, Sporting Lisbon, Hull City and Anderlecht, and his permanent departure can’t come soon enough for Liverpool.