Lazar rides the challenges
We’ve seen a number of big money moves for even proven players come back to haunt clubs in the last couple of years, but Liverpool new boy Lazar Markovic insists he’s not worried about his price tag at all.
The winger, who moved from Portuguese champions Benfica to the Reds for a fee believed to be around £20mill this summer, says he’s here to win, not to concern himself with money. “I’m here to win the title. I’m not afraid of challenges,” he told the Liverpool ECHO in a wide ranging interview. “I’ve never thought about anything in relation to money. I’ve never cared about or done anything for money in my personal or my professional life. What does it even mean to be more expensive than others? It absolutely doesn’t matter. The pitch, not the money, is the measure of everyone’s worth in football.”
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Well that didn’t take long, did it? Liverpool loanee Joao Carlos Teixeira got his loan spell at Championship side Brighton and Hove Albion off to a flying start by opening his scoring in his debut for the Seagulls as Reds legend Sammi Hyypia claimed a 2-0 win over Leeds United.
You’d defend better if you could see…
Liverpool’s defensive fragility has been discussed quite in depth over the summer following the Reds just missing out on claiming their first title of the Premier League era last season.
In a campaign that saw the Anfield outfit push eventual champions Manchester City to the final day, Brendan Rodgers side scored an impressive 101 goals, but conceded a very disappointing 50 at the other end as the Citizens claimed the glory. While it’s obviously not all doom and gloom around Liverpool with the club qualifying for the Champions League for the first time since 2009, there’s a real sense that their failings at the back saw them miss their best opportunity in recent memory to end the season at the top of the league — something defender Martin Skrtel blames on thole team and not just the back four.
Heading to the Reebok Stadium?
With the transfer window winding down, Liverpool have been busy in the market and look set to do more business with youngster Jordon Ibe looking likely to be loaned out to Championship side Bolton Wanderers before deadline day.
The 18-year old, who made his first team bow for the Anfield outfit at the tail end of the 2012/2013 season in 1-0 victory over Queen’s Park Rangers, featured heavily in the Reds’ pre-season tour of North America, but looks unlikely to play a big part this season following the arrival of Lazar Markovic from Benfica and Adam Lallana in big money moves over the summer.
After sitting out this summer’s World Cup in his home country, Liverpool midfield maestro Philippe Coutinho has earned himself a spot in the Brazil squad for their upcoming friendlies in the United States.
On the back of a strong pre-season, the 22-year old looks primed to continue his assault on the Premier League and a call to represent his country — something he was bitterly disappointed to miss out over the summer — will only boost his confidence further. Reds boss Brendan Rodgers has tipped the “little magician” to be one of the Anfield outfits star men this season as he prepares the squad to not only retain a top four place, but make a triumphant return to the biggest stage Europe has to offer.