Lazar Markovic reveals love for Chelsea

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Liverpool new boy Lazar Markovic has risked angering supporters of the Anfield club after admitting a secret love for Chelsea - who he supported as a boy.

The £20m signing from Benfica revealed that he used to look up to Gianfranco Zola, and modelled his game on the Blues legend during his imperious spell at Stamford Bridge.

"I followed Chelsea because I liked Gianfranco Zola," he said in an interview with The Sun. "But Liverpool are one of the best clubs in the world."

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Chelsea were actually linked with the Serbia international during his time playing for Partizan Belgrade, but the 20-year-old will now be hoping to showcase his talent after being snapped up by Liverpool this summer.

Markovic impressed on his Premier League debut as a second-half substitute against Manchester City on Monday night, but was unable to prevent Brendan Rodgers's side from losing 3-1 at the Etihad Stadium.

Liverpool transfer gossip:

Liverpool could be set to renew their interest in Bayern Munich's Xherdan Shaqiri after reports from Italy suggested the Switzerland international could be set for a loan move this summer. (Daily Star)

The 22-year-old was dropped to the bench by Pep Guardiola for the recent Bundesliga clash against Wolfsburg, fuelling speculation he could leave the Allianz Arena before the close of the transfer window.

AC Milan have set their sights on Liverpool striker Fabio Borini as their bid to replace new Anfield recruit Mario Balotelli intensifies. (Daily Express)

The Serie 'A' giants ideally want to sign Chelsea's £50 million flop Fernando Torres, but if the Spaniard remains at Stamford Bridge then they'll turn attention to Borini.

Liverpool have been dealt a blow in their alleged pursuit of Marco Reus after Jurgen Klopp stated his belief that the Germany international would remain at Borussia Dortmund. (Sky Sports)

The 25-year-old has been heavily linked with a move away from the Westfalenstadion this summer, with Brendan Rodgers among a growing list of admirers in the player's signature.

Liverpool left-back Jack Robinson is on the verge of leaving Anfield after agreeing a £1 million move to Premier League rivals Queens Park Rangers. (Daily Mirror)

The former England U21 international has fallen further down the Reds first-team pecking order following the arrival of Alberto Moreno from Sevilla, and Brendan Rodgers has informed the youngster he is free to leave the club.

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