The excitement and high-hopes generated by Lazar Markovic’s £20million price-tag never managed to quite materialise into anything.
Typical ‘flying winger’ and ‘speedster’ phrases seemingly lured fans into a false sense of belief. The Serbian didn’t begin to come close to justifying the club using such a large chunk of the Luis Suarez money on his services.
That said, Markovic himself believes Liverpool should have given him more time to prove himself.
“Liverpool spent money on me and I believe they should have believed more in my ability,” he told the Liverpool Echo.
“Both Liverpool and the manager. I believed I should have played more than I did. I got the chance to play more elsewhere. I have no problems with that.”
“We don’t know what will happen yet, it depends on the Liverpool situation. I still have two years on my contract at Liverpool. We shall see. I enjoy playing in the Premier League and would like to stay in the Premier League.”
The 23-year-old has shown positive signs during his loan-spell with relegation candidates Hull but, even still, has failed to prove to Jurgen Klopp he is worth bringing back to Anfield in the summer.
A departure in the upcoming transfer window in order to raise funds seems the most likely outcome with Liverpool intent on bolstering their squad ahead of next season.
There is no denying he has talent and the attributes that can make him worthy of playing in England’s top flight for years to come. Liverpool just isn’t the right place for him to unlock that potential, though.