Lazar Markovic has completed his move from Portuguese side Benfica to English Premier League’s Liverpool for an estimated fee of €20 million (approx. $AUD28 million).
The 20-year-old Serbian attacking midfielder is Liverpool’s fourth signing, following the recent transfers of Emre Can from Bayer Leverkusen and both Adam Lallana and Rickie Lambert out of fellow English side Southampton.
The announcement comes after the departure of former Liverpool striker Luis Suarez to FC Barcelona, who arrived at The Catalans to complete the €75 million switch today.
The midfielder boasts a unique personal record having won the league title in all four seasons as a professional. Markovic broke onto the scene as a teenager for Partizan Belgrade helping the Serbian side win successive titles, before making the switch to Benfica last season.
The Serb scored five goals in 25 games for Benfica, helping the club win the Portuguese Liga; he also participated in Champions League and Europa League campaigns and narrowly missed out on Europa League glory, losing to Spanish side Sevilla in the final.
Markovic spoke of his happiness to join the Merseyside club and his desire to impress Reds supporters and the coaching staff.
“I am very happy that I have joined such a great club. I hope that I will fulfil the expectations of the supporters, coaches, players and all connected to the club,” he told Liverpool FC’s website. – Jake O’Brien
Screenshot from Lazar Markovic’s first interview with Liverpool FC.