Sissoko played 35 games for the Magpies last term, scoring three times (one was a memorable winner against West Brom) and registering six assists.
|Team||Pos||Goals||Assists||Dribbles Won||Tackles Won||Passing Accuracy (%)||Apps||Mins|
|Hatem Ben Arfa||Newcastle||MF||3||3||67||7||84.48||27||1,303|
As Opta stats show, Sissoko enjoyed a fine season, in which he won more dribbles than any other Liverpool or Newcastle midfielder and also won a significant number of tackles.
The 24-year-old's number of assists was also the same as that of new-signing Adam Lallana's and his passing accuracy was better than Philippe Coutinho's and just short of Yohan Cabaye's.
Various reports have linked the Serbian with a move to Merseyside but no formal contact has been made as of yet, according to the publication. His release clause is said to be £22 million, a figure that the club would be happy to sell for.
Markovic scored five times but made no assists for Benfica in the Portuguese league last season. The 20-year-old also appeared in the Champions League, meaning he would bring vital European experience to Brendan Rodgers' side.
It looks as though Liverpool are monitoring a versatile range of attack-minded options this summer, then, if reports are to be believed, to bolster the squad's depth in a number of areas. Perhaps Rodgers feels his side were only inches away from success and prioritising attack over defence could ensure crossing the line this time around.