Lazar Markovic

Lazar Markovic

The most popularly mooted Adam Lallana alternative to circulate the tabloids over the last few days is Benfica star Lazar Markovic, who was linked with a Anfield switch in January amid the Mersey outfit’s search for a talented winger.

The 20 year-old has been in superb form since joining Aguias from Partizan Belgrade last summer, claiming the Primeira Liga title, Taca de Liga, Taca de Portugal and reaching the Europa League final in his debut season at Estadio da Luz.

In the process, the twelve-cap Serbian international has claimed seven goals in 49 appearances across all competitions, with reports of his firepower, pace and technical quality filtering across Europe.

Markovic can operate on either flank – some have also suggested his future could lie in the No.10 role however – and comes with a preceding reputation from his Serbian Super League days, where he earned consecutive places in the division’s Team of the Season for 2012 and 2013.

The potent wideman offers high potential, but his Anfield arrival could come at a cost of £25million.