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Liverpool boss excited at Markovic capture

Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers was over the moon after completing the signing of Lazar Markovic on Tuesday.

The 20-year old Serbia international has joined the Reds from Benfica on a long-term deal for a reported £20million and his arrival has been warmly welcomed by Rodgers who feels the youngster will bring with him plenty of positive qualities.

"This is an exciting signing for us and one that improves our squad, in terms of attacking options, for the coming season," he told the club's official website.

"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."

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