Lazar Markovic has finally departed Liverpool after four and a half years on Merseyside, completing a last-minute deadline day switch to Fulham on a free transfer.
— Liverpool FC (@LFC) February 1, 2019
With the Cottagers only submitting a deal sheet for Markovic an hour before the deadline, it was a signing which has little risk element — with only 6 months remaining on his Liverpool contract, Fulham have only signed him on a short-term deal until the end of the season.
It has been a torrid few years for the 24-year-old, who has failed to feature in a competitive fixture for the Reds since May 2015, while a series of unsuccessful loan spells with Fenerbahce, Sporting, Hull City and Anderlecht failing to turn his fortunes.
Resigned to training with the academy and playing a handful of U23 matches after a £2.9m move to Anderlecht collapsed in the summer, Markovic will be hoping he can still forge a successful career for himself and realise the potential that made Brendan Rodgers splash £20m on signing him from Benfica back in 2014.
Having only scored 3 goals for Liverpool in all competitions, the Serbian has to go down as one of our worst buys in recent memory — especially when considering the amount initially paid for his services.
Despite not recouping any fee, Liverpool have managed to get Markovic (who was believed to be on 50k a week) off the wage bill, thus making it a win-win for all involved parties.
Now guided by the brilliance of Michael Edwards, you have to hope that such short sighted signings are a thing of the past.