By Richard Parks
Liverpool fans have hit out at Lazar Markovic on Twitter after he attacked the club for preventing him from leaving by demanding an unrealistic asking price.
The Serbia international is unhappy at the treatment he has received from his parent club and claims it has affected him.
Markovic, signed from Benfica in 2014 for a fee of £20million, played 34 times in his first season on Merseyside.
But he has since been frozen out by boss Jurgen Klopp, and had mixed spells on loan to Fenerbahce, Sporting Lisbon and Hull City before joining Anderlecht in January.
The attacking midfielder, who the Daily Star report earns £35,000-a-week, scored his first goal for the Belgian side in a 2-1 loss at Genk on Saturday and believes it is proof that he can still be a force at the highest level.
“I have had a very difficult time at Liverpool. I thank everyone involved for my beautiful goal – it shows that I am still the player I was before. It shows Liverpool’s people that they can’t treat me the way they have done. It has affected me,” he told Serbian TV, as quoted by the Sun.
“It is natural for me to take it personally when they don’t let me leave by asking an unrealistic transfer fee for me.
“I am not just saying this as an emotional outburst. I have felt this way for months – it is simply what I think.”
A section of Liverpool fans took to social media to respond to Markovic’s comments, with some claiming he is “telling fibs” and that he should be sold.
Here is a selection of their messages on Twitter:
Can’t put enough effort to be fit to play a game of footy in Belgium & then blames us..
— Prashant Pandey (@Prashan15) April 23, 2018
Marko I believe feelings r mutual !!
— Jaiten Maini (@MainiJaiten) April 23, 2018
So how could the club help u Marko wen you weren’t performing???
— calvin collins (@calvincollins77) April 23, 2018
“Still” alive?? I’ve seen very little sign of life to date. I think he’s telling fibs.
— warren (@warrenb1173) April 23, 2018
Neither are we we expected a decent player for £20 million
— Jay Lee (@69jaylee69) April 23, 2018
So Markovic complains Liverpool wouldn’t let him leave for a cut price transfer deal. Yet I bet he wouldn’t take an equivalent loss on his wages for his time at the club. Can’t have it both ways. #LFC
— Jamie McDougall (@BigMcDoogie) April 23, 2018
Probably best just to bite the bullet and release him. Just pay off his contract. Only a year left on it hasn’t he?
— David Hickman (@DavidHickman87) April 23, 2018
Scored one goal and he thinks he’s a big dog now.
— Marcus Kuan (@MarkyKTK) April 23, 2018