Liverpool have made a shaky start to the season, with attacking fluidity missing so far since the departure of Luis Suarez to Barcelona this summer. Brendan Rodgers spent heavily trying to improve his side despite finishing second last term, with Javi Manquillo, Dejan Lovren, Alberto Moreno, Emre Can, Adam Lallana, Lazar Markovic, Rickie Lambert and Mario Balotelli all arriving at Anfield.
Balotelli and Lambert have been brought in to fill the void left by Suarez, but it was revealed this week that Rodgers has another target in mind - Aleksandar Mitrovic. According to the Anderlecht star's agent, Liverpool had a bid rejected for his services this summer.
"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."
If Liverpool's attack continues to underwhelm, Rodgers may well look to rekindle his interest in the centre forward, and with that in mind, here are five facts on the Liverpool target.
1. Mitrovic came through the ranks at Partizan Belgrade alongside current Liverpool winger Markovic, and whilst together, the duo picked up awards in Serbia for their promising displays.
2. After scoring 18 goals in 42 games for Partizan, Mitrovic was snapped up for €5m by Anderlecht as the Belgian side broke their transfer fee record to land him.
3. Since moving to Belgium, Mitrovic has hit a whopping 24 goals in just 51 games, establishing himself as one of the top young strikers in Europe - and he will get the chance to prove himself against Arsenal in the Champions League group stage this season.
4. Despite being just 20, Mitrovic already has seven caps for Serbia, scoring once as one of their most promising - once again alongside Markovic.
5. A classic targetman with height, strength and aerial ability, Mitrovic would be a great long-term replacement for Lambert should Rodgers make another move for him in January.