Liverpool loanee Lazar Markovic is set for a permanent exit from Anfield this summer with Belgian side Anderlecht wanting to make the temporary move a permanent one, according to a reliable journalist.
Kristof Terreur, an in-the-know journalist on all things Belgium and Premier League, has relayed on Twitter news which originally came from Pieter-Jan Calcoen, that the Juliper Pro League club will act on the fact that the Serbian is out of contract in 2019.
Anderlecht have no option to sign Liverpool loanee Lazar Markovic on a permanent basis, but they will try to keep him. Markovic’ contract with #LFC running out in 2019. (Via @PJCalcoen) pic.twitter.com/ByYL7slCF9
— Kristof Terreur 📰🎥 (@HLNinEngeland) May 9, 2018
Calcoen’s tweet says that first contact has been made between Anderlecht and Liverpool, and that Markovic’s brother says Lazar wants to stay with the club.
🤵🏻 'Lazar is gelukkig, hij zou wel willen blijven', zegt broer Filip
👉🏻 Meer in HLN @HLNinEngeland
— Pieter-Jan Calcoen (@PJCalcoen) May 9, 2018
Liverpool signed the 24-year-old in 2014 from Benfica for a reported £20million fee but has been continually loaned out after failing to make a place for himself in the side.
Football Insider verdict:
If a permanent transfer goes through for Markovic, it will be no great loss for Jurgen Klopp’s side. The Serbian ought to have been sold a year ago when it was clear that he was not going to get back into the team in order to maximise their fee for the player. But it would seem, perhaps unsurprisingly, that there weren’t many takers for the player who has been lacking in match fitness. We think that the Serbian will be sold this summer to Anderlecht where he is being given an opportunity to get his career back on track at a level that is suited to his ability for the time being. It’s easy to forget that he is still just 24 and has plenty of time to make a name for himself in football – it just won’t be with Liverpool who have bigger fish to fry these days.