Could £20m man be Liverpool's key weapon against Manchester City?

Lazar Markovic is returning to full fitness at Anfield.

And, while that spells good news for Liverpool, it might just be Gael Clichy's worst nightmare at Manchester City.

The Premier League champions host the Reds next Monday, bringing about the return of a fixture that thrilled both at Anfield and the Etihad Stadium last season.

Liverpool fans will remember their 3-2 win against Manuel Pellegrini's men fondly, while Man City supporters will no doubt harbour good memories of their 2-1 victory over the Reds in Manchester.

But a new campaign brings a fresh start - especially for Markovic, something the winger is relishing.

“I believe Liverpool fans expect a lot from me and to be honest I expect a lot from myself. The same applies for the people who worked hard to bring me here," he told the Liverpool Echo.

“I do not have any fear or stage fright whatsoever. To tell you the truth, I can’t wait to start playing for Liverpool.”

In four seasons as a professional footballer, the 20-year-old has won four league titles. And if his raw pace in pre-season - when he wasn't yet fully fit - is anything to go by, he could be Brendan Rodgers' key weapon against City on Monday.

Markovic is likely to play down the left, where Clichy - primarily a left-back - has been deputising at right-back. The Serbian, signed for £20 million this summer, may fancy his chances.

It's either that or a Pablo Zabaleta that has only just returned from injury.

“The competition is fierce but I did not come to Anfield to fight for sixth or seventh place,” Markovic continued when discussing his aspirations for the season. “Liverpool and our fans deserve the return of the most important trophy. I would love to be a part of the generation that brings this trophy back to Liverpool."

Strong words from the 20-year-old. Words that could be followed up by an equally strong performance on Monday.

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