When Liverpool agreed a reported £20million deal to bring Lazar Markovic from Benfica to Anfield, those in the know hailed an outstanding piece of business.
The young winger has shone in recent seasons and he played a significant role in his former club's Primeira Liga triumph; but it was far more than that. To say Markovic has the potential to become one of the best players in Europe is no exaggeration. He really is that good.
He may not have been able to inspire Liverpool to victory on Saturday, but during his 71 minutes on the pitch he showed glimpses of what he can do, and at this stage, those glimpses should be cherished rather than bemoaned considering he is only 20 and recently arrived in a new country.
Markovic played one key pass against Villa, and while his two goal-scoring attempts were both off target he showed he is not afraid to have a go. It is that confidence that led to some outstanding goals for Benfica prior to his exit.
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One thing the Liverpool player will need to work on his take-ons, as he failed to show consistently the pace and trickery that he can use to beat his opponent. On Saturday, he only showed that on a single occasion.
Markovic's passing accuracy of 82.93% was impressive considering his position on the pitch and his inexperience in the Premier League, and over time there is no doubt he will blossom into one of Brendan Rodgers' most important players.