New Liverpool signing 'can become one of football's greatest stars'

Big things are expected of Lazar Markovic, and journalists from Portugal were suitably impressed with his solitary season in the country with Benfica.

Though there have been many incomings at Anfield this summer, and there are likely to be many more before the end of the transfer window, one player more than any should be getting Liverpool fans excited.

That is the view of Portuguese journalist Luis Pedro Ferreira, who followed the young Serb each week and told the Liverpool website that he was hugely impressed with the 20-year-old's performances in Lisbon.

Liverpool signed the former Partizan Belgrade forward for £20 million just a year after Benfica had brought the player to one of Europe's more competitive leagues.

Markovic finished the season with 49 games and 7 goals, playing in a variety of positions for the Eagles.

But it is the Serb's potential that has really gotten Ferreira excited, with the player already reaching a decent level at such a young age and showing no signs of stopping.

When asked what kind of footballer Liverpool had bought, Ferreira had some hugely promising things to say about the youngster, labelling him: "An extraordinary talent."

"The first thing one notices is his speed," the journalist continued. "The way he carries the ball is quite impressive and really sets him apart, with his head held high and quality in decision making. He's very, very quick with the ball, something I haven't seen since Di Maria played for Benfica - but Markovic is probably even faster. That's his main weapon.

"Tactically speaking, I think he will play on the right [for Liverpool] because he developed so much as a player there. I imagine a very dangerous team with Markovic and Sturridge using their speed to counter-attack and pressing opponents. He will also be of great help in defence."

"He has all the qualities to be a world-class footballer. He just needs to continue on this path, progressing like he did at Benfica.

"If he played like this at 19, in his first year as a senior, he has everything to become one of football's greatest stars."

Big words, but something Markovic, if there is a modicum of truth in them, has all the ability to fulfil.

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