'Fans will love him' - Rodgers talks up new £20 million Liverpool star

Brendan Rodgers has outlined what he feels new £20 million signing Lazar Markovic will bring to Liverpool next season.

The 20-year-old Serbian winger joined from Benfica earlier this transfer window, and the youngster arrives with a reputation as a jet-heeled wideman who can create chances for his teammates.

Markovic marked his solitary year in Portugal by netting seven goals in 49 appearances for Benfica, and Rodgers has highlighted what he feels the new man will bring to Anfield next term.

Speaking to the club’s official TV station, he said: “He’s got wonderful technical ability; I think he’ll excite the supporters. He’s very good in a one-versus-one duel, he can take people on, he’s not looking to pass it. He can go at them and be direct.

“He’s tactically very good for a young player, he’s played international football, he’s played in couple of countries now in Serbia and Portugal, so he understands the game at a good level, and we’ll add things to that.

“He’s super-fast. I think his speed will really take the eye, because he’s very quick. He’s just a really nice boy and there’s already been a couple of stories behind the scenes that have really shown the humility of the guy. The supporters will love him.”

Rodgers also alluded to an interesting story that he feels accentuates the “humility” that Markovic carries with him in his character – something the manager feels is a key component of playing for Liverpool Football Club.

“It’s a great story,” the Northern Irishman added. “For those that didn’t know, he went to get his visa [to sign for us] and he had to travel to France and when he realised he was in first-class, and the young lady who was taking him across was in a different part of the plane, he gave her the first-class ticket, so that takes a special type of person. Not too many would do that.”

Markovic arrives alongside the likes of Dejan Lovren, Rickie Lambert, Adam Lallana and Emre Can, while Divock Origi will join his new teammates next season when his year-long loan deal with Lille is over.

The Reds have been active in the transfer market and they have spent around £90 million so far – the most of all the teams in the Premier League.

However, the spending was largely offset by the £75 million sale of Luis Suarez to Barcelona, meaning there is still plenty in the coffers for Rodgers should he feel his spending needs to increase, ahead of a season that includes a Champions League campaign.

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