Liverpool are in advanced talks with Benfica over a £25m deal to sign Lazar Markovic. #LFC could wrap that up in the coming week— Ben Smith (@BenSmithBBC) July 6, 2014
Looking set to lose Luis Suarez this summer, as per Mike Whalley of ESPN, Rodgers must go about rebuilding and reshaping Liverpool’s offensive weapons this summer, whilst building on the success of last season.
Raheem Sterling, Daniel Sturridge and Philippe Coutinho flourished in Liverpool’s relentless attacking game plans, and England internationals Rickie Lambert and Adam Lallana have already been added to that arsenal.
Markovic looks set to be the next addition.
Highly rated and with much potential, the 20-year-old Markovic will make his second transfer in a year when his move to Liverpool is completed, switching from Partizan Belgrade to Benfica last summer.
A dramatic 92nd-minute goal on his debut for the Portuguese outfit against Gil Vicente saw Benfica snatch a last-gasp victory in Primeira Liga.
However, his scoring record after that may not impress the traditionally high expectations of Liverpool fans. Markovic scored just four more goals in 25 league appearances following his headline-making debut.
Nevertheless, there is much promise from Markovic, and Liverpool are certainly prepared to put their faith in him with the transfer fee reported to be around £25 million, as per The Guardian.
His versatility may well be his most attractive quality to Rodgers’ system, which interchanges central No. 10s and wide attackers frequently.
Markovic has great acceleration and pace to endure Premier League defenders through tireless back-pedaling, and his dribbling ability is a key feature of his game.
Whilst Suarez may well be on his way out of Anfield, Markovic has the hunger, desire and determination to fill the rampant, ball-winning role that Suarez operated in the final third of the pitch.
A two-pronged wide attack from Markovic and Sterling will frighten any Premier League defence, with Coutinho or Lallana supporting the more forward Sturridge or Lambert.
Markovic is likely to drift into a more central role on varying phases of play, allowing Sterling to do the same on the alternate phase.
What a player, Lazar Markovic. He would be perfect for Liverpool, more than Shaqiri. Let's see if Benfica will accept €25M bid #LFC— Fabrizio Romano (@FabrizioRomano) July 6, 2014
Rodgers may well have led Liverpool to their closest shot at a Premier League title yet, but to challenge again, and surmount a credible Champions League run, he needs the personnel to do so.
Markovic will step into a growing squad of world-class players with an attack-minded setup to continue the excellent foundations laid in 2013-14.