English Premier League: Liverpool Makes Smart Move in Mario Balotelli

By Collin Ruby
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During the 2014 Summer Transfer Window, Liverpool has been frantically looking for a replacement to fill the shoes of former forward, Luis Suarez. After Suarez’s move to Barcelona, Liverpool signed Rickie Lambert in an effort to alleviate some of the pressure off of Daniel Sturridge and the midfield. Liverpool enquired about several forwards already in an attempt to replace Suarez, but the only reasonable and available forward that looks set to join the Reds is Mario Balotelli.

Balotelli has been in the English Premier League before with a spell at Manchester City, but has spent most of his time in the Italian Serie A league with several teams. Balotelli has reportedly been unhappy about his stay at AC Milan and looks to make a move to England.

For Balotelli, I think this would be a great move considering the amount of racism and hatred that has been aimed at him since his arrival in Serie A. It will be a good change of pace for the 24-year-old Italian and Balotelli would also be playing Champions League football, something that AC Milan will be without this season. This would be a good fit for Balotelli as long as the Italian can keep his behavior in check. Balotelli has been known for his outlandish exploits and has a “bad boy” reputation that resonates with his name.

Last season, Balotelli led AC Milan in goals with 14 in the league and will most likely bring 15 to 20 goals to Liverpool. Liverpool doesn’t need to exactly replace Suarez; a forward that can scrap together 10 goals would suffice due to the strength in the midfield, but if you’re given a chance to bring in a young and hungry goal scorer such as Balotelli, why not?

Balotelli has been listed at a £20 million value, but due to the falling out at Milan, Liverpool and head executives could bring the Italian forward in for less.

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