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Liverpool Transfer News: Lazar Markovic Isn't Answer for Reds in Attack

Benfica's Lazar Markovic, from Serbia, reacts as he celebrates after scoring his side's second goal against Pacos Ferreira in a Portuguese League soccer match at Mata Real stadium in Pacos de Ferreira, northern Portugal, Sunday, Feb. 16, 2014. (AP Photo/Paulo Duarte)
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Timothy RappFeatured Columnist IVOctober 20, 2016

If Liverpool indeed end up signing young Serbian wonderkid Lazar Markovic—and all indications are that they will—it will be a move that could help the club immensely in the future.

The question is, how much will it help them right now?

With Luis Suarez all but gone—and Alexis Sanchez all but donning an Arsenal kit—Liverpool's attack is not only losing 31 league goals, but for the moment it is also losing the chance to replace 19 of them. For a team returning to the Champions League this season, that's a concern. 

So while, yes, Markovic is a bright young talent, no, he isn't the answer to replace the goals in Liverpool's attack. 

At least not yet.

Still, it appears the player is on the way, and his national team manager is pleased with the move. James Pearce of the Liverpool Echo has more:

Liverpool are close to wrapping up a £25million deal for Benfica winger Lazar Markovic. The young Serbian’s move to Anfield has been given the seal of approval by his national team boss Ljubinko Drulovic.

'It'll be good for him and Benfica,' Drulovic said.

'Going to a very strong league will help him even more to become a major player worldwide. He's 20 years old and has a long time to play. Markovic could prove to become a very important player in Europe.'

David Anderson of the Mirror has more on the near-imminent move:

So, who exactly is Liverpool getting?

Markovic made 49 total appearances for Benfica last year, scoring seven goals along the way. He appeared five times in the Champions League for the Portuguese giants, earning a 6.37 average match rating according to WhoScored.com, and appeared eight times in the Europa League, earning a 6.4 mark.

Benfica is no slouch of a club, so making 49 appearances for them as a 20-year-old is quite impressive. He'll certainly have the chance to make his impact with Liverpool right away, even if the level of competition is about to be raised for the youngster.

And if he can impress Brendan Rodgers on the training ground. 

Markovic's former teammate and Chelsea midfielder Nemanja Matic had an interesting scouting report on the star in the making that he shared with Tom Kundert of the Mirror:

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