London: English Premier League giants Liverpool have signed Serbia winger Lazar Markovic from Portuguese side Benfica, the club announced on Tuesday.
The undisclosed fee was reported by British media to be £20 million ($34 million) for a “long-term deal.”
The 20-year-old is the fourth new arrival at Anfield this pre-season following Southampton and England duo Rickie Lambert and Adam Lallana, as well as Emre Can, while controversial striker Luis Suarez has left to join Barcelona in a £75m move.
Markovic made his name at Partizan Belgrade and won successive Serbian titles with them before leaving last year to join Benfica, where he helped the Lisbon side complete a Portuguese treble during the 2013/14 season and reach the Europa League final, where they lost to Spain’s Sevilla.
“I am very happy that I have joined such a great club,” Markovic told Liverpool’s website. “I hope that I will fulfil the expectations of the supporters, coaches, players and all connected to the club.”
Liverpool will be looking to go one better than last season after finishing runners-up in the Premier League to champions Manchester City, and Markovic is confident of adding England to the list of countries where he has won silverware.