Liverpool latest: Two striker deals denied as Rodgers seeks Suarez replacement

Mario Balotelli playing for AC Milan

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Liverpool have been busy in the transfer market this summer after the departure of Luis Suarez to Barcleona, and one of his potential replacements is Serbian winger Lazar Markovic, who has arrived from Benfica in a £20m deal. There's a large amount of expectation on the 20-year-old's shoulders, but he believes he can cope with the pressure.

"I’m not afraid of challenges," said Markovic. "It was the same when they took me on trial at Partizan (Belgrade), when the Benfica offer arrived and when Liverpool signalled that they wanted me in their ranks. I believe in myself and in the luck that’s following me. I believe in the people in charge of my career. That is why I go with my dreams."

"I’m not the most expensive signing of the summer, but even if I were I wouldn’t care much about that. I’ve never thought about anything in relation to money. I’ve never cared about or done anything for money in my personal or my professional life. What does it even mean to be more expensive than others? It absolutely doesn’t matter. The pitch, not the money, is the measure of everyone’s worth in football."

The Reds are still being linked with a host of strikers as they seek to replace Suarez's 31 goals from last season, and big name forwards are reportedly on the agenda. Monaco's Falcao has been suggested as a potential target, but reports today state that the Reds have yet to make an offer for the Colombian hitman.

The second big name striker linked today was AC Milan's Mario Balotelli, but despite speculation of a £17.5m move back to England for the former Manchester City forward, Milan vice-president Adriano Galliani says there has been no bid for the controversial Italian international.

"At this time there is no offer from Liverpool for Balotelli," he said. "Therefore there are no talks. The transfer market ends on the first of September so we will see."

Heading out of Anfield is youngster Jordon Ibe, who looks set for a loan move to Championship side Bolton Wanderers. The 18-year-old has drawn comparisons to current Reds star Raheem Sterling, but with a first-team place unlikely, it's best for the England youth international to continue his development away from Anfield this season.

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