With a move for Chilean superstar, Alexis Sanchez, stalling it seems that Liverpool have turned to 20 year old Serbian international, Lazar Markovic, as an alternative. Reds boss, Brendan Rodgers had hoped to snag Sanchez as part of the deal that will see, Luis Suarez, head to Barcelona but seems to have been thwarted by Aresene Wenger’s Arsenal. It was an exciting prospect and one that would cushion the blow of losing Suarez after his amazing exploits last season.
Although reports suggest that Liverpool are not giving up on signing Sanchez just yet it seems they have moved quickly to bring in another option. The mainstream press are reporting that a bid of around 20 – 25 million GBP has been accepted by Portuguese club Benfica for their young star and Markovic will be unveiled by his new club within days. It’s a lot of money for a player who may not be known to some of the Anfield faithful and in my eyes a definite step down from the proven class of Alexis.
So just to fill you all in I thought I had better answer the question that many are already asking, who the hell is Lazar Markovic?
Born on the 2nd of March 1994 Lazar Markovic started his football career with, Partizan Belgrade, in his native Serbia where he made his first team debut at just 17. So impressive were his early performances that the club rewarded the promising youngster with a five-year contract. The things that made him stand out were his pace, skill and aptitude for working hard. In 2012 after a European tie with Inter Milan the young forward was praised by opposition coach, Andrea Stramaccioni, sparking a bidding war for his signature.
“He is a player with exceptional qualities. He possesses a very impressive acceleration and has a bright future ahead of him,” Stramaccioni told reporters.
Moneybags Chelsea were reportedly interested but it was Portuguese giants Benfica that managed to nab the rising star. After scoring on his full debut Markovic became a key player during Benfica’s run to the Europa League final and League title in Portugal.
Although predominantly right footed he can play all along the front line and will give Liverpool more options along with new signings Adam Lallana and Rickie Lambert.
“Rodgers’ teams as we know while easy on the eye also play with a high intensity and desire to win the ball back as quickly as possible, and Markovic, for all his wonderful talent in possession, is also recognised for his industrious work off the ball, pressing to win the ball back and assisting his full-back in deeper areas of the pitch, something that is often seen of our very own talented and tenacious Raheem Sterling,” www.thisisanfield.com
I for one am still hoping for a last minute Alexis Sanchez bid but fingers crossed this kid lives up to his potential.