Lazar Markovic may not have been the most sizeable acquisition by Liverpool during this summer transfer window, with that honour going to Adam Lallana, but he is certainly the most notable in terms of European quality.
Markovic a key signing
Markovic, a £20 million signing from Benfica, may not be long out of his teens but the Serbia international has that much valued commodity of experience in the Champions League - something Liverpool are in real need of ahead of the new campaign.
The versatile attacker has yet to make his Liverpool debut, taking part on only a few training sessions with his new club, but is already impressing. Joe Allen, the Liverpool midfielder, has been particularly keen to see his new teammate at close quarters.
"Obviously he has only done a couple of sessions," Allen told the official Liverpool website.
"But straight away, you can see the quality that he brings."
He added: "I'm really excited to get the chance to play with him and train alongside him as well."
More stars to follow
The signing of Markovic was one already being discussed prior to the departure of Luis Suarez, and the role of the 20-year-old will take on an even greater importance following the Uruguayan’s club record sale to Barcelona.
Liverpool have recruited £60 million worth of talent already in this transfer window, and Barcelona’s investment in Suarez will allow the club to invest even further in order to soften the blow caused by the exit of their top goalscorer.
With a replenished transfer kitty and a renewed sense of intent in the transfer market, Liverpool would now appear to be turning their attention to some of the real marquee names potentially available over the coming weeks.
Watch: Lazar Markovic speaks about Liverpool transfer
Arturo Vidal, the combative Chile and Juventus central midfield player, is a name to have been linked, with Liverpool supposedly considering a stunning $73 million bid in the hope of securing his signature ahead of their rivals.
It would be a coup indeed if Liverpool are able to complete a deal for Vidal, who is also being courted by Manchester United and Real Madrid. However, the priorities for Brendan Rodgers should remain elsewhere at this time.
A proven goalscorer able to provide something close to the talents of Suarez is a most pressing concern for the Liverpool manager, although pursuing a deal for Vidal were the player to become available would certainly be understandable.
Vidal scored 18 times from central midfield for Juventus last season and may well be the long-term successor to Steven Gerrard that Liverpool will need in the next year or two.
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