In arguably the most controversial transfer of the summer, Liverpool have agreed a £16million deal with AC Milan for Mario Balotelli.
Brendan Rodgers has snapped up the outspoken Italy striker, 24, in a bid to bolster his attack following the departure of Luis Suarez to Barcelona.
Balotelli moved back to Italy last year to join Milan from Manchester City for £19million.
During his time there he scored 30 goals in 54 games.
And now, in true “Why always me?” style, the former Inter hitman could be handed his Liverpool debut against Manchester City at the Etihad.
Here we look at five reasons which would suggest Mario Balotelli is the perfect signing for Liverpool.
By Connor Boylan – @connor_boylan
1. He’s got an axe to grind with Premier League rivals
Balotelli made a lot of friends during his first spell in England – but he also made a lot of enemies.
It could be argued that he was ousted from City back in 2013 following his love-hate relationship with former Light Blues boss Roberto Mancini.
The striker often found himself the centre of controversy in the Premier League both on and off the field.
Either way, he’s a man with a point to prove. And you wouldn’t bet against him doing it against City on Monday.
2. His presence will toughen Liverpool’s attack
Let’s not kid ourselves here, Mario is one angry young man. It’s just in his make-up and it defines him at times.
The hot-headed Italian is never too far from being pushed over the edge. Someone like him would be a hindrance to the Anfield side. Or so you’d think.
Take away the grit and relentlessness of Luis Suarez (minus the biting), and Liverpool are left looking meek in attack.
Sturridge and Sterling have the flare, the pace and they both hold no fear.
But given the right mix of Balotelli’s temperament and power, it might just make all the difference.
3. When he’s happy, everyone is happy
Balotelli in an infectious dressing room personality.
He might have a short fuse, but when it comes to clowning around he’s just as quick, rarely taking himself too seriously.
It’s important to have this balance in the camp and it’s one which could really benefit Liverpool.
You just have to look at Italy’s 2012 European Championships run. When he played, so did they.
Until they were humped 4-0 by Spain in the final of course.
4. Like Suarez, he just has a pop
Liverpool’s attack terrorised defences last season. You score 3? Ok, we’ll score 4 then, was the plan.
And ultimately it’s what ran the Premier League title race down to the last day.
Gerrard and Henderson’s understanding with the front three was seamless at times. Their movement caught everyone off guard.
But sometimes, you just have to have a pop.
In Balotelli, Liverpool now have someone who produces moments of magic from anywhere on the pitch.
And without Suarez, they’re going to need it.
5. Other teams fear him
If Balotelli’s name is on the teem sheet then you can bet the opposition are thinking about it.
Whether it’s in the air or into feet, he’s an extremely dangerous target man. And teams will try to isolate that.
Yes, he’s unpredictable. But he’s the kind of unpredictable that strikes fear into defenders.
And when he can do things such as the above, he’s the kind of unpredictable that you take a £16million chance on.