Lazar Markovic comments on signing for Liverpool over league rivals

Lazar Markovic was set to sign for Chelsea, before agreeing a switch to Liverpool.

Markovic has long been linked with a transfer to Chelsea, with a report published by the Mirror in 2013 announcing that the Blues were tracking him.

They had the option to sign the winger once again this summer, as per the Independent, but they opted against it and the Serbian signed for Liverpool.

His opening weeks at Anfield were proving that the West Londoners made the right choice not to sign the 20-year-old, but a recent run of good performances playing as a wing-back have given increased hope that Markovic will be a success on Merseyside.

A change in formation from Brendan Rodgers has allowed Markovic to line-up in an unfamiliar defensive role, but he has excelled in recent weeks, and his first goal against Sunderland was a long time coming.

There is an argument that at Stamford Bridge he would never have been allowed the chance to impress after a run of poor performances, with the current attacking talent on show likely to limit any impact he had with Chelsea. Many would suggest that he made a wise decision in signing for the Reds over their Premier League rivals, and Markovic has addressed the long standing interest from the Blues.

Speaking to the Independent, Markovic revealed that his visit to Stamford Bridge was merely to see friends, and that the real reason for the rumours was due to ex-Partizan Belgrade president Dragan Djuric insisting he was London bound.

“I don’t know who expected me to sign for Chelsea,” he said. “I signed for Liverpool and I am extremely happy.

“He [Djuric] is the ex-president, so what he expected is different to what I expected. I was looking at friends of mine [at Stamford Bridge] and looking and meeting them there.”

Considering Chelsea’s recruitment policy is to sign promising youngsters before loaning them out and selling them for a profit, there is a good chance Markovic would never have turned out for the Blues if he had moved to Stamford Bridge. Instead, he took his own choices to mind, and has all but guaranteed a starting role in a Premier League side, and that is something to be applauded.

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