The capture of Benfica winger Lazar Markovic yesterday takes Liverpool’s summer spending to £60 million, and while they were pleased to land the young Serbian international they were disappointed in having an £8 million offer for Swansea City left-back Ben Davies rejected.
According to the Daily Telegraph negotiations between Liverpool and the Welsh club could be soured somewhat after Liverpool making approaches to Ivorian international striker Wilfried Bony.
When speaking of the Markovic signing Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers said: “This is an exciting signing for us and one that improves our squad, in terms of attacking options.”
“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.”
The youngster is also looking forward to Champions League football with Liverpool.
“I am very happy that I have joined such a great club,” he said. “I hope that I will fulfil the expectations of the supporters, coaches, players and all connected to the club.
“I have already played in the Champions League with Benfica. It is superb that Liverpool are in it and I hope we will go far next season.”
In other Liverpool transfer news Iago Aspas will join Sevilla on a season long loan with the aim of making it a full move in which Liverpool hopes to make back most of the £7 million they paid to paid Celta Vigo.