Liverpool have completed the signing of Serbian international Lazar Markovic, 20, from Benfica for an undisclosed fee believed to be in the region of £20 million, according to a statement on the club’s website.
Markovic joined Serbian outfit Partizan Belgrade aged 12 and quickly rose through their youth ranks to make his first team debut in 2011. There he made appearances in both the Champions League and the Europa League and became their player of the year in his debut season.
After two seasons with Partizan, Markovic joined Portuguese side Benfica last summer, making his debut in a 2-1 victory over Gil Vicente where he ultimately scored the winning goal in the 92nd minute.
Markovic made his Serbian national team debut in 2012, against Armenia three days before his 18th birthday. Since then he has made twelve appearances for his country and scored two goals.
At the tender age of 20, great things are expected from the starlet who is set to thrive under Brendan Rodgers’ growing reputation of nurturing young players and turning them into Anfield icons well-known across the game.
Fourth summer signing
Lazar Markovic becomes the fourth Liverpool summer signing in a revamp of their playing squad. After the sale of Luis Suarez to Barcelona, and Iago Aspas leaving to join Sevilla on loan, Markovic is a much-needed reinforcement to Reds' attacking line.
With the added pressure of Champions League qualification, as well as a likely title challenge, Markovic could become a key player in deciding if the Reds achieve their ambitions this season.
Capable of playing in any advanced position, Markovic’s versatility is a desirable characteristic in a likely tweaked system following the departure of Suarez. He joins the likes of Rickie Lambert, Emre Can and Adam Lallana in making the move to Merseyside, and could soon be joined by Alberto Moreno, Dejan Lovren and even Marco Reus.
All of whom have been strongly linked with the Anfield giants.
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