Reds check out Benfica ace Lazar Markovic…
Liverpool sent their chief scout Barry Hunter to watch young Serbian sensation Lazar Markovic play for his country against Ireland in Dublin last Wednesday, reports the Daily Mail.
The 20-year-old plays for Benfica in the Portuguese league, after joining from boyhood club Partizan last summer.
From either wing, Markovic has put in a number of mightily impressive performances for Benfica this term, scoring five times in his domestic competition and once in the Europa League.
Because he is two footed, he can rotate flanks, which makes him an even more attractive proposition for potential suitors.
Hunter would have been impressed by Markovic’s 75 minute display, which helped Serbia win 2-1. The youngster prides himself on his dribbling skills, but thanks to his technical ability, he can also drift in and play a more relaxed, passing style of football as well.
The Reds see Markovic as a wide option though, and could make a bid for his services in the summer. Despite the fact they currently sit second in the Premier League table, they only have one good quality winger on their books. While Raheem Sterling is incredibly talented, the squad needs to be strengthened dramatically with Liverpool likely to be playing Champions League football next season.
Benfica though know they have a potentially outstanding asset in Markovic, and will only consider doing business for a pretty sizable transfer fee.