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Liverpool paid £20m for Markovic, with Benfica getting half of that amount and the other half going to a third-party ownership group. The 20-year-old talented forward becomes the Reds fourth signing after Rickie Lambert, Adam Lallana and Emre Can. Markovic told LFC TV that he is delighted to join such a big club and wants to win the league with Liverpool.
Markovic said: “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. I have seen what the players are like, I have seen what the supporters are like, and I cannot wait to start playing here.
“The Premier League is the strongest league in the world, and so I am very happy to be here. 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.
“I went to Partizan and won the title. I went to Benfica and won the title. Now I have joined Liverpool and want to win the title, 100 per cent.”
Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers believes Maarkovic will add “European quality” to the squad.
Rodgers added: “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.”
Meanwhile, Sevilla have confirmed the signing of Liverpool forward Iago Aspas on a season-long loan with an option to buy. According to reports, Sevilla have an option to make the transfer permanent next summer for £5million.
A club statement from Sevilla read: “Sevilla FC and Liverpool FC have reached today on a tentative agreement for the loan with an option to purchase the player Iago Aspas, who will wear the shirt of Sevilla FC for season 14/15.
“At the end of the campaign Sevilla FC may exercise a clause to purchase him for three seasons with an option for a fourth.
“The president of Sevilla FC Jose Castro and the executive director of Liverpool FC Ian Ayre have closed this tentative agreement, which is subject to the Galician footballer passing the medical examination and the drafting of contracts between both the clubs.”