Lazar Markovic plots to win the Premier League for Liverpool

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Lazar Markovic is brimming with pride after signing for Liverpool and suggests that "there are a lot of reasons for optimism" ahead. 

The 20-year-old told the Liverpool Echo: "With the Premier League and the Champions League [on offer], we’ll be going for it on both fronts. This club is very ambitious."

The opportunity to play with Steven Gerrard, who the Serbian rates very highly, is another reason for him wanted to join the historic Merseyside club. 

He said: "“He is a legend, an icon, the king of the club. Yet still he is completely natural and normal.

“We all listen to him and treat him with the utmost respect. He welcomed me like a true captain and a great gentleman, just like he did with all the other new guys.”

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Big Signings

Markovic is among of host of new additions made by Liverpool during this window. The midfielder blessed with fantastic acceleration cost Brendan Rodgers in the £20 million, but isn't the manager's most expensive buy.

Adam Lallana holds that certain chalice who was bought from Southampton for £25 million. He was joined by Rickie Lambert and Dejan Lovren who arrived at Anfield from the same club for a total of £24 million. 

Lambert's phenomenal story holds a huge place in most hearts; a player that had to trek across England's lower divisions in order to finally return to his boyhood club, picking up England caps and heaps of goals along the way, will make a fascinating autobiography. 

The talented Belgium striker, Divock Origi, completed his transfer to Liverpool for £10 million from Lille and Emre Can was bought for £8 million from Bayer Leverkusen. 

Alongside bringing in Javi Manquillo from Atletico Madrid, Alberto Moreno from Sevilla and Kevin Stewart from Tottenham Hotspur, Liverpool are set to spend in excess of £100 million this summer. 

Sturridge the main man

With Luis Suarez's £65 million move to Barcelona, Daniel Sturridge must now be considered Brendan Rodgers's main striking threat considering his 21 Premier League goals last season.

Origi will provide competition for the England striker whereas Lambert will be seen as plan B for most of the season.

Sturridge scored Liverpool's winner at Anfield in their Premier League curtain raiser against an impressive Southampton side trying to adapt to the mass exodus of players they have just suffered. 

Raheem Sterling also continued his brilliant form from last year and he will be key if Liverpool are to challenge for the title again this year. 

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