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Lazar Markovic denies claims over why deadline-day move to Anderlecht failed

Liverpool misfit Lazar Markovic has rejected suggestions his last-minute deadline day move to Anderlecht fell through because of money.

The Serbia international, who has not played for the Reds since May 2015, travelled to Belgium after a cut-price £2.9 million fee was agreed for him to return the club at which he spent the second half of last season on loan.

However, despite a three-year contract being offered, the move collapsed and led to Anderlecht’s manager Hein Vanhaezebrouck claiming it was the player’s fault.

“Our president and sports director did everything to convince Markovic,” he told Belgian media.

“They waited until Liverpool lowered the price. They almost did a crazy effort for the player, but it wasn’t enough. It’s his own fault that the deal fell through.”

But 24-year-old Markovic, who has also had unremarkable loan spells at Fenerbahce, Sporting Lisbon, Hull and is out of contract next summer, hit back.

“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,” he wrote on Twitter.

Liverpool’s Premier League Squad, 2018/19

LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - Saturday, August 25, 2018: Liverpool's manager J¸rgen Klopp during the pre-match warm-up before the FA Premier League match between Liverpool FC and Brighton & Hove Albion FC at Anfield. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

Goalkeepers: Alisson, Simon Mignolet, Loris Karius

Defenders: Virgil van Dijk, Dejan Lovren, Joel Matip, Andy Robertson, Alberto Moreno, Nathaniel Clyne*, Connor Randall*

Midfielders: Naby Keita, Fabinho, Jordan Henderson*, Gini Wijnaldum, James Milner*, Adam Lallana*, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain*

Forwards: Roberto Firmino, Mohamed Salah, Sadio Mane, Daniel Sturridge*, Xherdan Shaqiri, Divock Origi

Notable U21: Trent Alexander-Arnold, Rhian Brewster, Rafa Camacho, Pedro Chirivella, Joe Gomez, Kamil Grabara, Curtis Jones, Caoimhin Kelleher, Nathaniel Phillips, Dominic Solanke

* Registered as homegrown.

(Karius and Randall included despite leaving on loan.)

Markovic has once again not been included in Liverpool’s Premier League squad and has no chance of playing under manager Jurgen Klopp so faces another four months in the wilderness, with even playing for the U23s unlikely, until the window reopens in January.

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