Lazar Markovic transfer symbolises Liverpool and Tottenham failings

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Brendan Rodgers' revamp of Liverpool is taking no prisoners, with Lazar Markovic joining Mario Balotelli out of the Anfield door. 

The 21-year-old, a £20million arrival from Benfica last year, failed to impress and has now signed for Fenerbahce on loan. 

The departures of two of Rodgers' expensive summer signings in the wake of Luis Suarez's move to Barcelona last year highlights how Liverpool - like Tottenham Hotspur before them - squandered the riches they received in return. 


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Spurs have waved goodbye to Paulinho, Roberto Soldado and Eitenne Capou, whilst Erik Lamela has also been rumoured to be leaving White Hart Lane. All four were signed with the money they got from Gareth Bale's transfer to Real Madrid but they never showed their quality in the capital. 

Luckless Liverpool

Balotelli and Markovic were both expected to see the club continue their resurgence into title challengers, but instead became the scapegoats for one of the Reds' most testing campaigns in recent years. 

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The former scored just a solitary Premier League goal in a red shirt, and has now returned to AC Milan on loan hoping to rediscover the scoring touch he seemed to lose during his time on Merseyside. 

Markovic meanwhile had been prised for big money from Benfica, but again struggled in Rodgers' side and was dismissed in the 1-1 draw against Basel last December that saw Liverpool crash out of the Champions League. 

The club moved quickly to sign the likes of Nathaniel Clyne, Christian Benteke and Roberto Firmino this summer and, with plenty of options in the squad, Balotelli and Markovic's time at the club now looks to be over for good. 

Terrible Tottenham

Tottenham received a stunning £86million for Bale, yet allowing Franco Baldini to dictate transfer business ultimately worked against them. 

Manager at the time, Andre Villas-Boas was desperate to land the likes of David Villa, Joao Moutinho and Hulk, but was rendered powerless as Baldini signed the players he wanted rather than those that would of improved the club. 

Soldado scored a poultry seven league goals in a white shirt, whilst Capou and Paulinho's form was laughable given the club's ambitions of returning to the Champions League. 

Christian Eriksen has been the sole success story from that summer, and Spurs' transfer misery is continuing into this window with the Londoners currently thwarted in their attempts to sign Saido Berahino. 

Lessons learned

Liverpool, unlike Spurs, have enjoyed much more luck when it comes to landing their transfer targets this summer. 

Both clubs must now learn their lessons for the future and, if one of their players leaves for mega-money again, they must use it on well established players rather than taking risks and squandering it. 

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