Liverpool finally completed the £20million transfer of Lazar Markovic from Benfica on Tuesday; a move which sees the Reds in possession of one of the most exciting young talents in European football.
The 20-year-old Serbian winger enjoyed an outstanding campaign with the Primeira Liga champions and had been linked with a switch to Chelsea prior to Liverpool’s move.
In the latest in our series of features about the numbers behind a player’s career to date, we take a look at Brendan Rodgers’ latest signing.
3 – The number of league titles Markovic has already won, despite his tender years. The right-winger was in the Partizan Belgrade squad that won consecutive Serbian championships in 2011 and 2012. He would later be part of the Benfica squad who won the Portuguese title ahead of then-champions FC Porto and Sporting Lisbon.
113 – The number of senior club appearances Markovic has already made, with 65 of those coming while at Partizan and the other 48 at Benfica. In short, he is already vastly experienced and should slot straight into Rodgers’ first-team plans.
41 – The number of club goals he has directly influenced in his career to date, scoring 20 and setting up a further 21.
1 – The number of red cards he has received in his club career to date. Markovic’s only dismissal came in a Europa League match against Juventus. A straight red card, it meant the young winger would ultimately be suspended for the final, which Benfica lost on penalties to Sevilla. He has also collected 11 yellow cards in his domestic career.
5 – The number of club matches Markovic has missed due to injury in his career so far. He sat out five consecutive matches for Partizan in his final season at the club.
All stats courtesy of transfermarkt.com