Lazar Markovic had linked with another Premier League club in his younger years…
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New Liverpool signing Lazar Markovic has made the surprising revelation that he was once a Chelsea fan, and also revealed that he idolised Stamford Bridge hero Gianfranco Zola.
The Daily Mail carries the comments from the Serbian winger, who was talking to The Sun. The 20-year-old summer signing from Benfica also told reporters that Liverpool are: “one of the best clubs in the world.”
Markovic said: “‘I followed Chelsea because I liked Gianfranco Zola. But Liverpool are one of the best clubs in the world. We are good enough so I am confident we can win it [the Premier League].”
The new arrival could make his Reds debut against Manchester City on Monday night, after recovering from an injury that restricted to just half a game in pre-season.
He has a good record for winning titles with his previous clubs, having lifted domestic league trophy for both Partizan Belgrade and Befica, while he also helped the latter reach the Europa League final.
Zola scored 80 goals in 312 appearances for Chelsea, helping the Blues record two FA Cup victories. He became the first Chelsea player to be voted FWA Player of the Year and was ranked as the club’s best ever player in 2003.