Lazar Markovic finalised his season-long loan move to Fenerbahce on Sunday, and coming less than 24 hours after Liverpool produced an insipid attacking display as they succumbed to a 3-0 loss to West Ham United at Anfield, this comes as a bemusing decision by the club.
Markovic, signed from Benfica in a deal worth up to £20 million last summer, endured a difficult first season on Merseyside.
But the 21-year-old showed enough promise to suggest he could make an impact in 2015/16.
With Brendan Rodgers sanctioning Markovic’s summer switch, the manager is seemingly content with his attacking options without the Serbian.
But Saturday’s Anfield loss suggests that letting Markovic leave on loan could prove to be a costly mistake for the Reds.