Lazar Markovic has hit back at suggestions that the collapse of his proposed move to Anderlecht was down to money. The 24-year-old looked set to join the Belgian club before last Friday’s transfer deadline for European clubs after a £2.9m fee was agreed with Liverpool. Markovic flew out to Belgium in order to complete the formalities of his transfer and bring an end to a disappointing four-year stint at Anfield, but returned to Merseyside that evening having been unable to agree personal terms. Anderlecht boss Hein Vanhaezebrouck subsequently placed the blame for the failure of the transfer on the player, insisting that the club had made a ‘crazy effort’ to bring him in. He said: “Our president and sports director did everything to convince Markovic. They waited until Liverpool lowered the price. “They almost did a crazy effort for the player, but it wasn’t enough. It’s his own fault that the deal fell through.” But Markovic has now rubbished suggestions that excessive demands blocked his return to the club where he spent the latter half of last season on loan. He wrote on Twitter: “Thank you for making such a great effort for trying to get me back in the club. However, money was not the issue !!!!! Good luck in the future @rscanderlecht.” The Serbian, whose Reds contract expires next summer, was not included in the club’s Premier League squad for 2018-19, which was announced on Monday evening.