Though Lazar Markovic has been essentially breaking his own news via his Facebook page, including a farewell to Benfica then a picture whilst holding a Liverpool jersey, Benfica have officially announced the sale of the 20-year-old winger for £19.8million, split 50/50 between Benfica and his agent due to third party ownership.
Liverpool have been active early and often during this pivotal summer window. The club has already completed deals for Rickie Lambert, Emre Can, Adam Lallana and now Markovic, all the while taking a cool £75 million from Barcelona for the right to imagine what Luis Suarez will look like next to Lionel Messi and Neymar for four months.
Incredibly it’s been just 15 days, there’s another whole month and a half for business to transpire. It appears as if they’ve learned from their colossal January flop in which not one player arrived, poor Dr. Zaf Iqbal couldn’t even conduct one lousy medical.
The signing of Markovic for Liverpool is a terrific get and the typical verdict is that he could turn into a world beater in a few short years.
Serbian teammate Nemanja Matic went as far as saying he's the best at his age since Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo. Yet, it’s been perpetually overlooked the immediate impact he can make as he scored five goals and seven assists in 25 appearances (as per Sky Sports) while creating 25 chances with a 79% pass completion rate.
Markovic seems a prototypical Brendan Rodgers player: young, fast, versatile, hungry and confident. Rodgers will slot him right into the first team, at the very least as a sparkplug off the bench. Markovic will be rotated with Lallana, Coutinho and fellow “future world beater” Raheem Sterling in winger and attacking midfield roles.
When played with Sturridge and Sterling, Liverpool with have an abundance of pace to transition at seemingly Mach Five levels, the type of speed that will make Usain Bolt tip his cap. At the very least, this makes for a fun FIFA 15 team.
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