Liverpool linked with Newcastle midfielder and £22 million winger

Benfica V Liverpool

Reports suggest the Reds hold interest in Moussa Sissoko and are preparing a formal bid for Lazar Markovic.

According to L'Equipe, Liverpool would like to bring the Newcastle United man to Anfield to boost their midfield options, although Monaco are also said to be monitoring the Frenchman.

Sissoko played 35 games for the Magpies last term, scoring three times (one was a memorable winner against West Brom) and registering six assists.

  TeamPosGoalsAssistsDribbles WonTackles WonPassing Accuracy (%)AppsMins
Steven Gerrard Liverpool MF 13 13 15 71 85.98 34 2,900
Yohan Cabaye Newcastle MF 7 2 6 35 81.95 19 1,509
Philippe Coutinho Liverpool MF 5 7 59 56 80.58 33 2,334
Jordan Henderson Liverpool MF 4 7 19 59 87.11 35 3,128
Hatem Ben Arfa Newcastle MF 3 3 67 7 84.48 27 1,303
Moussa Sissoko Newcastle MF 3 6 73 51 81.23 35 3,034

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.

At the same time, Liverpool are reportedly preparing a formal bid for Benfica winger Markovic, say the Daily Mirror. A report was also published in Portuguese paper O Jogo this morning.

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.

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