Liverpool move will be good for Markovic, says Serbia coach

Ljubinko Drulovic, in caretaker charge of the national side, believes an imminent switch to Anfield will be of considerable benefit to the 20-year-old winger
Caretaker Serbia coach Ljubinko Drulovic believes that Lazar Markovic's expected transfer to Liverpool can help him become one of Europe's elite players.

The 20-year-old is widely anticipated to join the Reds from Portuguese champions Benfica after the Premier League club reportedly activated his £25 million release clause.

The Serbia international winger, who made his debut as a 17-year-old against Armenia in 2012, only arrived in Portugal at the start of the 2013-14 season after joining Benfica on a five-year deal from Partizan Belgrade.

Despite the youngster's spending just one season in the Primeira Liga, Drulovic - interim coach of the national team following Sinisa Mihajlovic's decision to take charge of Sampdoria in November - says that Markovic's proposed move to Anfield is the right decision for his career.

"Markovic had an excellent season at Benfica last year, he evolved a lot," he told Radio Renascenca.

"It'll be good for him and Benfica. Going to a very strong league will help him even more to become a major player worldwide.

"He's 20 years old and has a long time to play. Markovic could prove to become a very important player in Europe."

Markovic enjoyed a successful debut campaign for Benfica, scoring seven goals in all competitions as Jorge Jesus's men claimed a domestic treble and reached the Europa League final.