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Liverpool confirm Markovic deal

Last Updated: Tue, 15 Jul 2014 18:38
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Liverpool have confirmed they have signed Serbia winger Lazar Markovic from Benfica.

The 20-year-old has joined for an undisclosed fee, reported to be £20million, on what the Premier League club describe as a "long-term deal".

Markovic is Liverpool's fourth new recruit of the summer, following the arrivals of Rickie Lambert, Adam Lallana and Emre Can.

The winger told the club's website: "I am very happy that I have joined such a great club. I hope that I will fulfil the expectations of the supporters, coaches, players and all connected to the club.

"The Premier League is the strongest league in the world, and so I am very happy to be here."

Boss Brendan Rodgers described Markovic as an "exciting signing" as he continues to reshape his squad for the new season with Champions League football back on the agenda at Anfield.

He said: "This is an exciting signing for us and one that improves our squad, in terms of attacking options, for the coming season.

"He was hugely impressive for Benfica last season and has proved he has the ability to produce the goods in European competition as well, which will be important for us.

"Lazar is flexible to play a number of positions, but I like the way he attacks games and is always positive and looking to make something happen. He will fit in with the way we play at Liverpool.

"Getting him at such a young age is also very pleasing for us, because we will be able to work with him to develop his talent within our group and improve him even further.

"He is the sort of character who is hungry to get better and progress; this is what we look for in players."

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