Two of Portugal’s biggest daily newspapers A Bola and Record are carrying a version of the same story on their front pages on Thursday morning claiming that Lazar Markovic could be on his way back to Benfica after just one season at Liverpool.
Having completed an £20m switch from the Lisbon based giants last summer, the Serbian international has struggled for form and game time at Anfield this term, making just 19 Premier League appearances, scoring two goals.
Markovic undoubtedly played the best football of his career with Benfica, grabbing seven goals in 49 appearances across all competitions as the club secured a historic treble.
There had been a sense that Markovic still had time to come good in Merseyside, and the news will surely come as a blow to Liverpool fans as he is still so young.
However, there is no semblance of what kind of fee would be involved to facilitate his return, and as yet there are no other further details pertaining to the deal.