New Liverpool signing Lazar Markovic: 'Of course' we can win the Premier League title
New Reds star is bullish ahead of his return from injury on Monday night
Sunday 24 August 2014
One of the many new recruits at Liverpool, Lazar Markovic, believes that his new side can challenge for the Premier League title this season after missing out so agonisingly last year.
Speaking to the Daily Telegraph, the 20-year-old who joined the Reds for a deal in excess of £20m lifted three league titles in Serbia with Partizan Belgrade and one in Portugal with Benfica.
While his new club may have taken Manchester City all the way to the wire last season, slipping away after an infamous home defeat to Chelsea, Markovic is confident that Liverpool can adapt to life without Luis Suarez.
When quizzed on his chances of lifting a fifth league title in England, he replied: "Of course."
"Firstly, it is one of the best clubs in the world. Secondly, it is one of the best leagues in the world and, thirdly, Liverpool are superior and the strongest team, in my opinion, in England."
The prospect of playing alongside Mario Balotelli, the enigmatic Italian who looks set to complete a £16m transfer to Anfield on Monday, is another reason for Markovic to be optimistic.
"I am excited – I love good players and want to play with good players," he says. "We are all competent and good enough to win the title. It’s the confidence that I feel."
While a hamstring injury may have limited his ability to showcase his skills so far, playing just 45 minutes against Olympiakos in the pre-season tour to the United States, the Serbian is finally ready to be unleashed on the Premier League.
"I watched Liverpool – I watched every one of their games last season because I love the Premier League," Markovic adds.
"Their style of football is one of the main reasons why I came here. Last season, only bad luck played a part in the outcome: Liverpool were the best team."
Latest in Sport
Newcastle 0 Manchester United 1: Louis van Gaal describes performance as 'maybe our best match of the season'
Cristiano Ronaldo: Real Madrid superstar 'sends his hair stylist to look after his waxwork once a month'
Liverpool vs Burnley match report: Reds extend their run after Jordan Henderson's stunning opening strike
Newcastle vs Manchester United match report: Ashley Young scores late winner as Angel Di Maria fails to shine yet again
Brooklyn Beckham to be released: Why Arsenal could regret letting David Beckham's son depart
- 1 Drugs Live cannabis trial: Hash is less harmful than any other drug, expert claims
- 2 What happens to your body when you give up sugar?
- 3 Turkish Airlines flight TK 726 crash-lands on Nepal runway in dense fog
- 4 Have sex with your iPad thanks to the new sex toy no-one asked for
- 5 The 'sex selfie stick' lets you FaceTime the inside of a vagina
Nearly 100,000 of Britain's poorest children go hungry after parents' benefits are cut
Durham Free School: 'Creationism taught at' free school facing closure
Ukip would cut billions from Scottish budget to fund English tax cuts
End of the licence fee: BBC to back radical overhaul of how it is funded
Ukraine crisis: Top Chinese diplomat backs Putin and says West should 'abandon zero-sum mentality'
Boris Nemtsov shot dead: Outspoken Putin critic who had expressed fears for his life is killed near the Kremlin