Liverpool have delved into the transfer market early this transfer window, having already signed Rickie Lambert, Adam Lallana and Emre Can for a combined fee of around £39million.
The next player Brendan Rodgers is looking to bring in is highly rated Serbian winger Lazar Markovic, who is on the brink of a £20million move from Benfica, according to BBC Sport, and looks to set be another superb acquisition for the Reds.
Signing the next Raheem Sterling?
A young and speedy winger with great attacking play, Markovic will fit nicely into the open and attacking system Rodgers has established at the club, as well as benefiting from the emphasis on youth development that has come to epitomise Rodgers' managerial style. One of his biggest successes at Liverpool has been the development of Raheem Sterling who has matured immensely in the past year or two - a player who shares many traits with the incoming Markovic.
Both fast, both attack-minded and both displaying talent in abundance, Markovic and Sterling will provide a dangerous and confident attacking duo
Ex-Benfica player Nemanja Matic was quick to sing the praises of his fellow countryman, although he warned his old team mate to improve his attitude in training if he intends to reach his true potential:
"It was fantastic playing with this fantastic kid for six months," said Matic,
"He has such massive potential that if he changed his attitude in training he could be one of Europe's best players in his position. But he's young, he'll mature and then nobody will be able to stop him!"
Brendan Rodgers displays a firm hand at times, as seen with the assorted Luis Suarez incidents and his incredible success in helping Sterling mature despite his tender years and initial wild attitude, and will certainly help mentor his newest signing once he links up with his new team.
Should he adapt to a new culture and differing demands of a new league, Markovic could very well be a key player in Liverpool's drive for success next season, as well as helping fill the void left by Luis Suarez once he makes his move to Spain.
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