Liverpool are throwing their energies into prising Lazar Markovic away from Benfica.

The Mirror says Liverpool are ready to drop their bid to sign Southampton star Adam Lallana - and set their sights on Markovic.

Kop boss Brendan Rodgers is worried that Southampton are pricing attacking midfielder Lallana out of a move to Merseyside.

Markovic, 20, was Liverpool's original target for their left-wing slot at the end of the season, but the Lisbon club priced him at £30m then.

However, heavy hints are coming from the Portuguese giants that £25m could now be enough to secure a deal.

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