Belfast Telegraph

Saturday 25 October 2014

Markovic targets titles after Liverpool switch

Lazar Markovic is expected on Merseyside for a medical later this week
Lazar Markovic is expected on Merseyside for a medical later this week

Liverpool have announced the signing of Serbia winger Lazar Markovic from Benfica.

The 20-year-old has joined for an undisclosed fee, reported to be £20million, on what the Barclays Premier League club describe as a "long-term deal".

Markovic is Liverpool's fourth new recruit, following the arrivals of Rickie Lambert, Adam Lallana and Emre Can.

Markovic began his professional career with Partizan Belgrade and won successive Serbian titles with them before leaving last summer to join Benfica.

The 2013/14 season then saw him win a Portuguese treble as well as getting to the Europa League final, where Benfica were beaten by Sevilla.

Markovic said: "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."

Markovic is very much looking to continue his silverware hot streak with Liverpool, who finished second last term.

"The Premier League is the strongest league in the world, and so I am happy to be here," he said.

"And I have already played in the Champions League with Benfica. It is superb that Liverpool are in it and I hope we will go far next season. I watched every game (of Liverpool's last season, from Portugal) and they played superb.

"It is a shame they did not win the (Premier League) title – but I hope we will win it this season.

"I went to Partizan and won the title. I went to Benfica and won the title. Now I have joined Liverpool and want to win the title, 100 per cent."

Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers said: "This is an exciting signing for us and one that improves our squad, in terms of attacking options.

"He was hugely impressive for Benfica last season."

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