Liverpool: Does Signing Markovic Mean Curtains For Coutinho?
According to reports, Liverpool are set to sign Benfica's brilliant Serbian playmaker Lazar Markovic as Rodgers continues to snaffle up every creative player who comes into his line of sight.
With five goals in his 19 starts for Benfica and a couple for Serbia to boot, Markovic has won rave reviews for his running of games and flair and is exactly the sort of player Rodgers should be looking for - technically adroit and has magnificent hair.
What it also means, however, is that fan favourite Philippe Coutinho could be on his way out of Anfield after only one and a half seasons, or at least out of favour. While Coutinho is undoubtably very talented, it's hard to believe that a player as sought after as Markovic will come to a side to play second fiddle.
A long-time target of Chelsea, questions were raised as to whether Markovic was the kind of player Jose Mourinho would be really after and now it looks like he doesn't have to worry. While Chelsea have softened the robust approach of old, he doesn't yet have enough meat on him to compete. Not enough meat to compete - now that'd be an ace epitaph, like.