Lazar Markovic poised for Liverpool medical on Thursday

• Serbian winger expected to complete £20m transfer
• Markovic scored 12 goals for Benfica last season

Lazar Markovic will fly to Liverpool on Thursday to have his medical before joining Liverpool for a fee of £20m from Benfica.

The winger is being bought before the proposed sale of Luis Suárez to Barcelona for £75m.

The Liverpool manager, Brendan Rodgers, who decided to trigger Markovic’s buyout clause to take him to Anfield, wants to strengthen his squad by adding the 20-year-old’s pace and eye for a goal.

Markovic scored 12 times in 49 appearances for Benfica last season and has scored three goals in 12 games for Serbia.

He will become Rodgers’ fourth new attacking option, with the manager having already added Adam Lallana, Emre Can and Rickie Lambert for around £40m.

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