Liverpool latest: £10m Serbian striker bid rejected, Sturridge could face Everton

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Liverpool spend heavily this summer in order to boost their attacking options in the absence of Luis Suarez after the Uruguayan's move to Barcelona, with Rickie Lambert, Lazar Markovic and Mario Balotelli all arriving - but it could have been even more money spent. The agent of Anderlecht striker Aleksandar Mitrovic confirmed that Liverpool submitted a bid of around £10m for his client, but the Belgian side rejected the offer.

"Benfica and Liverpool were willing to pay €13m for him and Russian outfit Rubin even offered €20m, but Anderlecht didn’t want to hear about a transfer," said Nenad Jestrovic. "His father and I told him that he is still young and he will have a lot of opportunities to leave Anderlecht in the future. I’m sure that price will be even higher when he moves somewhere else."

Liverpool's summer spending could have huge ramifications though. UEFA are investigating the Reds over a possible Financial Fair Play breach, which could lead to a big fine if they are found guilty to have spent beyond their means. Despite the concern, manager Brendan Rodgers says he isn't too worried as the club has always paid attention to FFP.

"It's obviously something that will be dealt with by the directors. It's something we're comfortable with because we're great advocates of Financial Fair Play. It's ongoing with the club," said Rodgers in today's press conference.

Meanwhile, one of Liverpool's current strikers is a hot topic - Daniel Sturridge. The 25-year-old has been ruled out since the start of the month after suffering an injury on international duty with England, but Rodgers believes he could play some part in this weekend's Merseyside derby against Everton.

"We've got a number of injuries that we're just going to give every chance to," Rodgers admitted. "Obviously the game is 48 hours away. [Sturridge] is a player who is out on the field working. Daniel and a number of others we'll assess nearer the time. If he doesn't make it, then he won't be far off after that."

"He is someone that responds well to treatment and it's gone well - he's out on the field. There's still a couple of days to go yet before the game. The most important thing is that he is nearer to fitness. He certainly won't be match fit - he hasn't played for a few weeks. But it would be great to have him back because he's a wonderful player for us."

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