Lazar Markovic hits out at Liverpool over transfer approach

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Lazar Markovic has criticised Liverpool for failing to grant him a permanent move away from the club.

The Serbian sealed a late loan move to Anderlecht in January in search of desperately-needed first-team football, having not featured for the Reds since May 2015.

Many had expected the winger to depart last summer, although a shortage of ideal suitors saw him stay put over the first-half of the season.

Markovic had been linked to Swansea City before a collapse of the deal resulted in him making the switch to Belgium – arriving notably far from match fit.

He has now criticised the Reds for demanding too high a fee for his sale and subsequently denying him a transfer.

“They asked for an unrealistic transfer fee and would not let me go permanently, even though I didn’t play there anymore,” Markovic told Voetbal Krant.

“This goal is to show Liverpool that I’m still alive and I am still the same good footballer they bought.”

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Regardless of any admirable ambitions to fight for his future, the chances of Markovic reigniting his Liverpool career are incredibly slim.

He mustered a mere three goals in 34 appearances over the 2014/2015 season for the Reds, failing to justify his £20million fee.

A bright reputation upon his arrival from Benfica failed to materialise into performances on the pitch, with his execution in the final-third proving way off the standards set in Liverpool’s 2013/2014 campaign – in which they finished second in the league.

Unproductive loan spells with Fenerbahce and Sporting CP were followed by a more encouraging stint under Marco Silva at Hull City during the second half of last season.

Hopes of following the Portuguese manager to Watford came to no avail and proved a disappointing setback in his effort to maintain some rhythm.

Having endured a tough start to life with Anderlecht, the 24-year-old did take a positive stride in his fight to built some momentum on Saturday as he scored in a 2-1 defeat to Genk.

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