Former Chelsea manager Avram Grant has talked up Liverpool signing Lazar Markovic, following the Benfica star’s £19.8 million move to Anfield.
Prior to joining the Portuguese club in June 2013, Markovic was part of the Partizan side which won the 2011-12 Serbian SuperLiga under Grant, earning a place in the league’s team of the season aged just 18, and the ex-Blues boss believes that the promising winger will prove an excellent addition.
‘He’s a big talent and can be a very good and very useful player,’ he told Sky Sports News. ‘He’s also a very nice young man, with a good mentality.
‘He’s very, very quick. I was his coach when we won the league with Partizan and he was, at just 18, one of the most important players for the team.
‘He can play striker, second striker or on the wing and was only young but still a part of a championship team. Again, he’s a very big talent, with a good head on his shoulders, and will be playing under a good manager in Brendan [Rodgers].’
With Liverpool looking to bolster their squad following the £75 million departure of Luis Suarez to Barcelona, Markovic becomes the club’s fourth summer signing, following the arrivals of Rickie Lambert, Adam Lallana and Emre Can, their recent spending now at just under £60m.
The 20-year-old was a key part of the Benfica side which won the 2013-14 Primeira Liga and, having won 12 caps for Serbia since his 2012 debut, looks set for a bright international future.
Liverpool are also said to be in talks with Southampton’s Dejan Lovren and Lille forward Divock Origi, as they prepare to mount another title challenge, after losing out last season to Manchester City in a closely fought race.