Lazar Markovic
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Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers says summer signing Lazar Markovic is adjusting to the Premier League and has backed Adam Lallana to star for the Reds.

The 20-year-old joined the Merseyside club on a £20m deal from Benfica, while the England international was signed from Southampton. Markovic has made four appearances and Lallana has made one less appearance in the league this season.

The Serbian winger and the former Saints midfielder are yet to shine for their new club as Liverpool have struggled in all competitions so far this campaign. However, the Northern Irishman remains confident his side will bounce back and admits the two will be "outstanding" for the Anfield outfit.

"With young Markovic it's taking time with him," Rodgers said, as quoted by the Liverpool Echo.

"He's in a new country and he's getting used to a new way of life and he's just getting accustomed to the physicality of this league having come from Portugal where it's totally different."

"If you look at Adam Lallana his performance in the derby showed that he is going to be a very good player, the supporters are going to love him."

"I've got confidence in them both. That's why we brought them in. We're certainly not disregarding any of the players we've brought in."

"These are players who we believe will be outstanding players here but sometimes you can hit the ground running and sometimes it takes a wee bit of time," he added.

In the last fixture, Liverpool suffered a 1-0 defeat in the Champions League clash against FC Basel. The defeat has seen them sit third in the group stage and now have the double header ahead of them against the defending champions Real Madrid.

Despite the latest defeat, defender Jose Enrique remains confident Liverpool can make it to the next round of Europe's elite club competition.

"We have two games now against Real Madrid and they're going to be difficult. But in football anyone can beat anyone. We play at Anfield first and we will try to make it as good as it was last year and try to beat Real," Enrique explained.

"Then we will try to get to the next round. That's still our target and we want to be there."