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Loic Remy would be lower risk than Mario Balotelli at Liverpool

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Why always him? Because Mario Balotelli is a talent - a superb talent in fact, one who has so much potential and that is why top European clubs keep signing him.

There's been a handful of footballers who you can describe as not living up their early promise. One that sticks out is Stan Collymore. He was a natural goalscorer, unplayable on his day as he struggled past defenders and was deadly in front of goal, however his career was troubled with problems on and off the pitch.

Unfortunately, Balotelli is going the same way. At a tender age of 24, the Italian will be joining his fifth professional club after Liverpool agreed a £16 million fee with AC Milan to join Anfield.

Now, that looks a fair price, a bargain if you could fulfil the striker's potential. Compare it to Championship forward Ross McCormick leaving Leeds United to Fulham this summer for £11M million and its a complete steal.

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In all fairness to 'Super Mario' he's scored goals everywhere he's played, most recently netting 30 goals in 54 appearances at Milan - that is what Liverpool need having sold Luis Suarez to Barcelona this summer who netted 31 Premier League goals at Anfield last campaign.

One in, one out

However, signing Balotelli comes at a price. The Italy international is a liability, having been sent off on multiple occasions in his career along with bust-ups with teammates and his manager Roberto Mancini at Manchester City which was the catalyst for him to leave the Ethihad.

Liverpool had one liability in Luis Suarez and Brendan Rodgers ultimately let the Uruguayan go because of his bite in the World Cup on Giorgio Chiellini.

Balotelli is a risk to say the least. The Reds only have Daniel Sturridge and Rickie Lambert as front-men as well as the 24-year-old, now.

If an injury happens to Sturridge - a player prone to being sidelined - it will be down to Mario to lead the forward line. If this is the fate that does occur, there will be no margin for error from the former Inter Milan man and he must mature.

Unfortunately the story of when Jose Mourinho was in charge of Inter creeps into every Liverpool fans mind. When they were away at Rubin Kazan, with Balotelli the only striker available and on a yellow card, Mourinho spoke to him for 14 of the 15 minutes at half time, telling him he must not be dismissed. Early into the second half, Mario was having an early shower.

It's all about him at a club. If you want Balotelli to work, you must make him your main man.

Liverpool have got too much proven talent for the £16 million striker to come in and do that, as not only doesn't he deserve it, but he is not as good as Sturridge, Philippe Coutinho or Raheem Sterling based on consistent form.

Remy was the answer

Liverpool chased Loic Remy earlier this summer for £8.5 million and almost inked a deal with the French star. However, Rodgers snubbed the striker as he failed his medical.

It later transpired that Remy had a heart condition that was flagged up and it seems that the risk was not greater than reward.

Based on the Balotelli signing, Liverpool have paid more money for a bigger danger and they are probably getting a less talented player. Remy showed last season how he was a goal scorer at a struggling Newcastle when on loan, as well as being extremely versatile.

Remy was the ideal signing - quick, skilled on the ball and he can thread the ball through an eye of a needle. More importantly, he is a team player as he works hard chasing down the ball for the defence.

This is something that Balotelli does not do - he's lazy and refused to track back. Liverpool's style of play is digging deep to win the ball back and then break on the counter attack and I just can't see the troubled star doing so.

Sometimes it may be that Balotelli is forced to play wide on the wing of Liverpool's three attacking players. Remy had no problem with this as he done it at Newcastle however I just can't see Balotelli being comfortable or happy about shifting out on the flank.

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