Liverpool midfielder Lazar Markovic has been forced to train with the club’s Under-23 squad, according to reports.
The 24-year-old came close to leaving Liverpool in the summer but his proposed £2.9 million move to Anderlecht collapsed in the closing stages of the window.
Markovic, who was signed for £20 million from Benfica in the summer of 2014, will be a free agent at the end of the season once his contract expires and it’s unlikely that the Serb will feature for Liverpool’s first-team again.
According to the Liverpool Echo, the first-team players who have not been called up for international duty were given seven days off, but Markovic instead trained with the Under-23s at the academy in Kirkby.
Markovic was also involved in a friendly behind closed doors against Crewe and it has not yet been confirmed whether the winger will return to train with the first-team squad at Melwood after the international break.
‘Without a game at the weekend we used the time to take them to Liverpool on Friday,’ said Crewe manager David Artell.
‘They trained with Critch’s under-23s and played a game behind closed doors.
‘They had Markovic with them and he was a class above.’