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Rumour Mongering: Super Mario to Replace Suarez

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Losing one crazy and crazy talented striker? Why not replace him with another? At least if you believe rumours linking Mario Balotelli with a Liverpool move.

Claudio Villa

Liverpool are losing their controversial headache of a superstar striker. It only makes sense, then, to replace him with another controversial headache of a superstar striker. Or at least one with the talent to grow into a world class player. At least if you believe rumours out of Italy that Liverpool are after Mario Balotelli to replace Luis Suarez this summer.

Balotelli's talent is undeniable, his combination of size and technical ability making him a potential next Zlatan Ibrahimovic. But he isn't there yet, and there's a case to be made that his development has stalled back in Italy. From that point of view, a move back to England might just be what it takes to kick Balotelli's development back into high gear.

The problem, though, is that the 23-year-old comes with as much controversial baggage as Luis Suarez appears set to be leaving with. Which probably isn't what Brendan Rodgers or the transfer committee are after right now. He also has seen his best returns played as a lone striker and target-man, which seems ill suited for a Liverpool side that already has Daniel Sturridge.

Balotelli has previously been linked with an Arsenal move rumoured to be favoured by sponsors Puma, who will be outfitting the Gunners beginning this season.