Mario Balotelli can replace Luis Suarez at Liverpool

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After selling Uruguayan bad boy Luis Suarez to Barcelona earlier this summer, Premier League giants Liverpool found themselves in a difficult position.

With the money from Suarez's transfer, manager Brendan Rodgers strengthened his team with seven players, yet he only has two senior strikers with just one week left from the transfer market.

So Rodgers decided to make a bid for Italian bad boy Mario Balotelli, who was described by Rodgers as a "worth the risk".

A £16m bid was accepted for the 24-year-old, who arrived at Melwood on Friday to undergo a medical before completing his transfer from AC Milan to Liverpool.

The task in front of Balotelli will be clear: to fill the void left by Luis Suarez.


Last season Luis Suarez was an inspiration for Liverpool. The striker was a joy to watch with his superb dribbles, amazing goals and fantastic passes almost winning the title for the Reds.

During his time in England from 2011 to 2014, Luis Suarez has scored 69 goals and provided 23 assists in 110 games for Liverpool, with his last season the most successful with 31 goals and 13 assists in 33 league games.

On the other hand, Mario Balotelli is a different type of striker from Luis Suarez. Technical and unpredictable like Suarez, Balotelli likes to wait for his team-mates to create a chance for him instead of the opposite 

For three years in England playing for Manchester City, the Italian scored 20 goals in 54 games and provided just one assist, yet this assist gave City the title.

At AC Milan last season Super Mario scored 14 goals in 30 league games. In terms of goals Balotelli can replace Suarez, yet not when it comes to creating goal chances for his team-mates.

Yet Super Mario is man for the big games, never goes missing in derbies and can always score the winning goal, unlike Luis Suarez.

Why always them?

When it comes to controversy, Balotelli will always be next to Suarez in terms of covering the front pages of the papers because of showings on and off the pitch.

Suarez's collection is pretty rich. A head-butt at a referee at the tender age of 15, a bite for Ajax, Liverpool and Uruguay, a racial abuse and a diving celebration in front of David Moyes in 2012 are the main controversies by Suarez.

Balotelli's crimes seem less harsh than Suarez's ones. A number of provoking pictures in the social media, setting off fireworks in his bathroom, throwing a dart at a team-mate, getting into a fight with team-mates and manager Roberto Mancini, Balotelli has even been declared to be "unmanageable" by Jose Mourinho during the pair's time at Inter.

Tough Start

Both strikers have had many difficulties in their youth.

Balotelli has been adopted when only 3-years-old and raised in poverty, yet managed to climb his way in professional football and currently one of the top strikers in the world.

Suarez, the youngest of seven brothers, has also grown in poverty and was earning his money as a street sweeper, before saving enough money to head to the Netherlands at 19.

The verdict

Both on and off the pitch Suarez and Balotelli are quite similar and we can expect Balotelli to replace Luis Suarez in a great fashion and also to create a good partnership with Daniel Sturridge.

Probably Brendan Rodgers will say that Balotelli isn't seen as a like-for-like replacement for Luis Suarez and will be Rodgers' man to complete to jigsaw.

Premier League experience, goal-scoring instinct and mercurial character: Mario Balotelli looks destined to become the new hero at Anfield.

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