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Lazar Markovic explains failed Liverpool exit

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Liverpool outcast Lazar Markovic has rebuffed claims his last-minute deadline day move to Anderlecht fell through because of money.

The former Benfica winger has not featured for the Merseysiders since May 2015 and ought to have completed a switch to Anderlecht.

However, the move fell through despite both sides agreeing on a fee which 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.