Liverpool latest: Liverpool bid £22m plus midfielder to land World Cup striker - report

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Liverpool head into the international break after a much-needed 2-1 win over West Bromwich Albion, with Brendan Rodgers' men recovering from a 1-0 defeat to Basel in the Champions League. That loss against the Swiss outfit saw Lazar Markovic struggle, and the Serbian was an unused substitute against the Baggies last weekend having endured a tough start to life since his £20m move from Benfica this summer. Markovic, 20, says he needs time to adjust to English football

"You know how things go in football," he said. "I’m getting there and adjusting well. It will take a little more time but, all in all, I feel okay. I feel great there and everybody has been great with me. I could not wish for more. I’m happy and that is the most important thing."

Another new signing has struggled to make an impact at Anfield so far, and that's Italian striker Mario Balotelli. A £16m capture from AC Milan, Balotelli was expected to be the man to replace Luis Suarez in the Reds attack, but has scored only one goal. His former Manchester City manager Roberto Mancini says that he has spoken to the 24-year-old, and he's aware that he must start scoring.

"Mario is a good guy, but he is aware that Liverpool is probably his final opportunity to prove what he can do on the pitch." Mancini said. "It’s his last chance. I often talk to him via text message, but only he can help himself now. He told me that he wants to and must score more goals for Liverpool."

Meanwhile, the January transfer window is drawing closer, and reports in Brazil suggest that Liverpool have made a bid to sign Napoli striker Gonzalo Higuain. The offer is reportedly £22m in cash with Brazilian midfielder Lucas Leiva going in the opposite direction, with Napoli's ex-Liverpool boss Rafael Benitez believed to be very interested in bringing his former midfielder Lucas to Italy.

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