Liverpool to rival Chelsea for Benfica star

Liverpool have joined Chelsea in the race for Benfica starlet Lazar Markovic, according to reports from the Daily Mail.

The Serbian international has been earning rave reviews for his displays this season, attracting attention from some Europe’s biggest ides in the process.

Chelsea have been linked with his signature for some time, and now it has emerged that Liverpool are also keen.

The Reds’ chief scot, Barry Hunter, is understood to have been at the Aviva Stadium last week to watch Markovic in international action against the Republic of Ireland – a game the visitors won 2-1.

The 20-year-old managed 75 minutes, and looked bright.

Brendan Rodgers is believed to be a fan of the right-footed winger, who has developed a reputation for his ability to cut in from the left flank at Benfica.

He is also technically adept and comfortable in a central role, making him particularly appealing to the Northern Irishman as he plots to bolster his squad ahead of next season.

Chelsea have been tracking the youngster for some time, and were linked with a move for his services prior to his switch from Partizan Belgrade to the Portuguese giants last year.

They have since remained keen, and were reportedly set to swoop in January.

Markovic is said to be valued at around £12.5m.