If he wasn’t already, Lazar Markovic is well on his way towards becoming one of Liverpool’s worst ever signings.
Brendan Rodgers spent £20 million(!) to bring the Serbia international to Anfield back in 2014 but he’s been nothing short of terrible ever since.
Markovic made 34 appearances in all competitions for the Reds in his debut season, which was followed by an unsuccessful loan spell at Fenerbahce in Turkey.
A hamstring injury saw him return to Liverpool prematurely but further embarrassment was to come.
In the summer of 2016, Markovic agreed to join Benfica’s city rivals, Sporting Lisbon, on a season-long loan.
But six months later in the January transfer window, the 23-year-old was recalled by Jurgen Klopp and sent to Hull City instead, where he spent the remainder of the season.
Then, in the summer of 2017, Klopp opted against loaning out Markovic for a fourth time and decided to keep him for the current season.
That didn’t work out either. Last month, Markovic was shipped out on loan once again to Anderlecht in the Belgian First Division A.
Markovic doesn’t have a future at Liverpool, that much has become clear, yet he’s already encountered problems at Anderlecht that just about sum up the state of his career right now.
According to Anderlecht Online, Markovic produced ‘abysmal’ results in physical tests upon his arrival and will now go on a special fitness programme involving extra sessions.
This is despite the winger having so much free time at Liverpool this season. He may not have been playing, but there’s no excuse for him being unfit.
Anderlecht also have themselves to blame because they signed Markovic without completing a medical, but it’s being reported he will be unavailable for around six weeks. How embarrassing.
Manager Hein Vanhaezebrouck said last week: “I think we will be without him for four or five weeks. He has a very big gap and is conditional not yet ready to play.
“So there is a lot of work to be done, but we hope that he can make rapid progress. He can play in different positions, but he has to get up to speed quickly.”