Liverpool Transfer News: Spectacular Lazar Markovic Would Light Up Anfield

Rory Marsden@@roomarsdenFeatured ColumnistApril 8, 2014

LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - MARCH 30:  Liverpool Manager Brendan Rodgers gestures during the Barclays Premier League match between Liverpool and Tottenham Hotspur at Anfield on March 30, 2014 in Liverpool, England.  (Photo by Alex Livesey/Getty Images)
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Liverpool are looking to grab Benfica's Lazar Markovic from under Chelsea's nose, as Brendan Rodgers plans to strengthen his squad ahead of their return to Champions League football next season.

According to the Metrothe Reds are looking to hijack Chelsea's deal:

The Benfica winger has long been a target for the Blues but the Sunday People reports that Rodgers is now on the 20-year-old’s trail as he looks to add depth to his squad with Champions League football beckoning next term.

The Portuguese giants value former Partizan Belgrade man Markovic at around £20million.

It certainly seems a good piece of potential business, as Liverpool return to Champions League action for the first time since 2009 and will need a stronger squad to compete on several fronts.

Furthermore, Markovic looks like a phenomenal young talent who could help the Reds improve even more on their fantastic form this season.

According to Squawka, Rodgers has sculpted a team who are devastatingly effective on the counter-attack:

Markovic's rapid acceleration down the flanks would perfectly complement this style of play and add another attacking talent to the likes of Luis Suarez and Daniel Sturridge.

The video below of his work at previous club Partizan Belgrade shows some truly great potential:

As a Benfica player, he has shown terrific skill and pace as well as great accomplishment in his passing game.

indicates that he has an impressive 80 per cent pass accuracy in 10 appearances in the Champions League and the Europa League this season.

In addition, he has scored six goals for the Portuguese giants so far and received the Portuguese league's Player of the Month award in February.

While Liverpool already have some fine wingers in the likes of Raheem Sterling and Philippe Coutinho, neither of those players is necessarily a guaranteed starter.

Markovic would be given the opportunity to shine at Anfield and could well be an exciting element to add to the Suarez-Sturridge axis.

The potential overreliance on Liverpool's two outstanding strikers may well be another good reason to bring in more attacking talent.

OptaJoe reveals that the Reds have needed Suarez and Sturridge in order to record league victories this season:

With Champions League football to contend with next season, Rodgers will need to rotate more and Markovic could certainly shoulder some of the burden going forward.

The Daily Mail's Jonny Singer compared the 20-year-old to Chelsea's Eden Hazard before Benfica's Europa League game against Tottenham last month:

Markovic can play up front, and he has a decent goalscoring record, but predominately he's a wide player, though he can also play in the hole.

More Eden Hazard than Luis Suarez, which might explain Liverpool's interest. [...]

He doesn't quite have the trickery of an Eden Hazard, but he's certainly that kind of player.

If Liverpool can add this kind of quality to their team, they will not only continue to compete in the Premier Leaguethey currently sit atop the tablebut could be looking at further European glory in the not-too-distant future.


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