When Liverpool signed Lazar Markovic for £20 million back in the summer of 2014, the Reds thought they were getting a wonderkid.
The then 20-year-old became Liverpool’s fifth most expensive player in the club’s history having helped Benfica seal a domestic treble and reach the Europa League final the season prior.
Liverpool were so sure that the Serb would be a success that they handed him a five-year deal on £50,000-per-week.
But it’s fair to say Markovic’s dream move to Anfield hasn’t gone to plan.
He’s played 34 times, with his last appearance coming against QPR in May 2015.
He has had loan spells Fenerbache, Sporting Lisbon, Hull City and Anderlecht since then.
In the meantime, he’s been picking up his £50,000-per-week with the club looking to sell him for the past three-and-a-half years and the Liverpool Echo have provided an update on his situation.
In August, Liverpool had agreed a deal with Anderlecht to sell Markovic for £2.9 million on deadline day, as well as a 50% sell-on clause. However, at the last minute, the deal fell through.
Anderlecht insisted there was a disagreement over his wages, while Markovic claimed that “money was not the issue.”
As a result, Markovic has been banished to train with the club’s Under-23s at the Kirkby Academy. He’s made a few appearances for them, as well.
He featured against Arsenal and West From before a calf injury sidelined him for four weeks.
He has since returned but hasn’t played since December 8.
However, it’s not as though he’s been sulking and disruptive.
“I've got to say he's been brilliant to work with. He's great with the young lads, he's humble and he listens to what's asked of him,” Under 23 boss Neil Critchley told the Liverpool Echo.
But with time running out in the January transfer window, Liverpool once again will be looking to offload Markovic and his wages.
What a wasted talent.
Remember, his former Partizan manager - and ex-Chelsea boss - Avram Grant once said: “I can say that apart from Ronaldo and Messi, Markovic is one of the best talents I’ve ever seen at 19 years of age.”