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.”
Markovic is no stranger to success — all four seasons of his professional career have ended with the club he was playing for winning the title with three successes at Partizan Belgrade and one at Benfica bulging a resume that is aching to add some more silverware. This, quite obviously, doesn’t guarantee a single things, but it certainly isn’t something that is going to hurt.
“I believe Liverpool fans expect a lot from me, and to be honest I expect a lot from myself. The same applies for the people who worked hard to bring me here” continued the Reds new number 50. “I do not have any fear or stage fright whatsoever. To tell you the truth, I can’t wait to start playing for Liverpool.”